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Watrud, A. Dean

A. Dean Watrud, 81, of Sheboygan went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Dean was born July 8, 1931 in Blanchardville, WI to George and Martha (Lehnherr) Watrud.

He graduated from Blanchardville High School, Class of 1949. Dean later earned his Bachelor's Degree at University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse and went on to earn his Master's Degree from University of Wisconsin- Madison.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Dean came to Manitowoc's Washington Junior High School as a math and science teacher in 1958, the same year the school dedicated its new math and science wing. Dean was appointed Washington's assistant principal in 1968 and principal in 1973. He retired in 1990.

An active participant in professional educational organizations, Dean was past president of Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary education fraternity; a charter member of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators; and a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

He was a member and past president of the local Lions Club, past president of the Manitowoc County Council of Community Welfare, past president of First Lutheran Church, and has served as a board member of Family Service Association.

In addition to his wife Pat (Lohr) Watrud, Dean is survived by his children, Rev. James (Nancy) Watrud, Jody (Jeffrey) Wheeler, Julie (Kurt) Jacobson, and Jeremy (Sarah) Watrud; grandchildren, Andrew and Kaitlin Watrud, Colin Wheeler, Rebecca (Dakota) Waddell, Laura and Matthew Jacobson; a brother Harland Watrud; a sister-in-law, Inez Watrud; and other family and friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Watrud and a sister-in-law, Marie Watrud.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Lutheran Church, 2401 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081. Rev. Todd W. Smith will officiate. A time of visitation and support will be held Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Additional time for visitation and support will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Ballhorn Chapels and Crematory, 1201 N 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established in Dean's name.

To light a candle, sign the guestbook or send flowers in memory of Dean, visit


Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Dec. 4, 2012
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