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Dr. William Henry Atwood Jr.


Jan. 28, 1926 - Dec. 12, 2013 ELKHART - Dr. William Henry Atwood, Jr., 87, of Elkhart, passed away in the afternoon of Thursday, December 12, 2013 at his home. He was born January 28, 1926 in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and was the fourth child of the late William Henry and Ida Mae (De Weerd) Atwood, Sr. In 1943 he graduated from Whitefish Bay High School. He went on to serve in the United States Army with the First Cavalry Division during World War II in the Philippines and Tokyo, Japan, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He also served with the 135th Medical Battalion, which was part of the 32nd Infantry Division of the Wisconsin National Guard. After the war, he studied at the Milwaukee State Teacher's College (now the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics and his medical degree in 1955. He interned at the Milwaukee County Hospital and served his residency in internal medicine from the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, WI. In 1959 Dr. Atwood began his medical practice in internal medicine at the Elkhart Clinic. He was a member of the Elkhart General Hospital staff where he served as chief of staff in 1984. He was a member of the Elkhart County Medical Society and was a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Upon retirement from his internal medicine practice, he continued working part-time in occupational medicine at the Elkhart Clinic and later at U.S. Healthworks in Elkhart. He continued to serve his community by volunteering at the Heart City Health Center, the Church Community Services and serving as a board member for the Riverview Adult Day Center. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Over-The-Hill Gang ski club, Junto and Algonquins. Throughout his adult life he was an avid runner, tennis player and snow skier. He was active throughout his 70's with regular jogging, rowing, kayaking and sailing on the St. Joseph River. He also enjoyed creating stained glass art projects. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Auchtung) of Elkhart; sons, William Atwood of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, David (Robyn) Atwood of Berwyn, PA and Thomas Atwood of Pasadena, CA; daughters, Jane (Alan) Singletary of Austin, TX and Amy (Tom) Kuzmic of Granger; grandchildren Allison, Elizabeth, Kiley, John, Helen, Madison and Katherine; and his sister, Carol Schulenberg of Cedarburg, WI. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan McKerley, his brother, George Atwood, and sisters, Helen Johnson and Ruth Kendall. In accordance with his wishes, Dr. Atwood's remains have been donated to the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison. A gathering of friends and family will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1732 Garden Street, Elkhart, where a memorial service will follow at 1:00 pm. Arrangements have been placed under the care and direction of Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Church Community Services, 907 Oakland Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516; The Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or the Riverview Adult Day Center, 2715 Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46516. On-line condolences can reach the family at www.billingsfuneralhome.com .

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Billings Funeral Home
812 Baldwin St Elkhart, IN 46514
574 264-2425

Published in South Bend Tribune on Dec. 17, 2013
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