Dean Peterman, 79, Clyman

August 1, 2018

Dean J. Peterman, 79, town of Clyman, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 26, 2018, surrounded by family at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, having lost a nine-year battle with cancer which he fought with courage and grace.

Dean was born Oct. 11, 1938, to Louis and Mary Ann (Ketelsen) Peterman in the town of Erin, Washington County, Wisconsin. Dean attended Hustisford High School from 1956 until 1961 and then served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. In Feb. 16, 1963, he was united in marriage to Mary Lee Schumacher at St. Stephen’s UCC Church in Juneau. After 30 years of employment at Sensient, in Juneau, Dean retired. In his retirement, he enjoyed going to breakfast at many area restaurants. Dean also enjoyed working the farm for 55 years that he, his wife and three sons put together. In addition, he operated the Peterman Game Farm for 22 years with his family. He enjoyed visits with hunters who came from all over the United States. Dean displayed the special patience required in training new dogs for hunting, which was treasured by many of the hunters. Helping his sons and their friends with their race cars and trucks, and attending their many races was Dean’s top entertainment, be it spring, summer, fall or ice racing in the winter.

Dean is survived by his wife, Mary Lee; their three sons, Paul of Hustisford, Kurt (Laurie) of Juneau, and Kale (Joyce) of Iron Ridge; three grandsons, Andrew, Gavin and Kotlen; one precious great-granddaughter, Riley Ann. He is also survived by his siblings, Betty Schmidt of Neosho, Florence Weisgerber of Missouri, Colleen Uecker Nehls of Watertown, Arlene (Robert) Kuehl of Hustisford, Richard (Barbara) Peterman of Juneau, and Linda (Robert) Fehrman of Juneau; his brother-in-law, Lyle (Judy) Schumacher of Watertown; sisters-in-law, Barbara (William) Mullin of Fox Lake, Janet Schumacher of New York; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gene Peterman, Dorothy Peterman, Maxine Zimmerman, Ruby Klatt; sister-in-law, Gladys Peterman; brothers-in-law, Wilmer Schmidt, Daniel Zimmerman, Virgil Uecker, Palmer Nehls, Ned Klatt; a niece, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

It was Dean’s wish that there be no funeral service. Memorials if so desired, may be sent to Rainbow Hospice, 147 West Rockwell Street, Jefferson, Wisconsin 53549 or the American Cancer Society.

The family is very grateful for the six months of pain-free living provided him through the wonderful people of Rainbow Hospice.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 500 Welsh Road, Watertown, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at watertownwifuneralhome.com.

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