Dr. George Oosterhous

Dr. George Oosterhous

Dr. George Edward Oosterhous, died peacefully on December 15th 2012 at the age of 98. He was born on September 15th, 1914 in Wauwatosa, WI to John and Ottilia (Petersen) Oosterhous. The oldest of four children, George was preceded in death by his siblings: Marjory, Don, and Ray Oosterhous. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Virginia Gillingham Oosterhous, of Richland County.

At the age of 16, George graduated from Waldo High School in Sheboygan County, WI. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he was a member of Chi Phi and Nu Sigma Nu. An accomplished athlete, George swam for the UW swim team and enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and golf as well.

Dr. Oosterhous completed his residence training in Pediatrics and Ophthalmology at U.W. Medical School, in 1941 and 1951, respectively. Dr. Oosterhous served as a pediatrician and member of the Dean Clinic from 1941 to 1948. During that period Dr. Oosterhous also contributed 3.5 years of military service as Captain in the Army-Air force Medical Corps., with most of his time spent overseas with the orthopedic section, in Southeastern England. From 1951 to 1983 he was an Ophthalmologist in private practice and a staff member at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison General Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and associate clinical staff at U.W. Hospital. Dr. Oosterhous also served as a member of the American Boards of Pediatrics and Ophthalmology, American Academies of Pediatrics and Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, State Medical Society of Wisconsin and Dane County Medical Society. A founding member of Madison Medical Center, Dr. Oosterhous continued to practice until his full retirement.

George valued his time at the family farm in Gillingham, WI where he and Virginia were married in 1938. An avid trout fisherman, he recorded the streams he’d fished and the natural beauty of Richland County.

His family is grateful for his example. George was generous with his life. Serving his family, his patients, and our country with admirable strength and heroic devotion.

George’s life continues as a positive ripple effect, impacting multiple generations. Survived by a son, George D. and Judy Oosterhous and family of Texarkana, TX, daughters Mary Jane Oosterhous and family of Richland Center, WI, and Sarah Lea of Madison, WI, eight grand children, eleven great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Dorothy Gallagher of FL.

Although he will be missed, George will forever remain in the hearts and memories of all who knew him. He was an admirable man of integrity whose life-long contributions bring pride and inspiration to his family.

A private family burial was held at the Fancy Creek Cemetery in Richland County, WI. A public memorial service in celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to charities of the donor’s choice. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center assisted the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com. The family would like to thank Sannes Skogdalen Heim Nursing Home of Soldier’s Grove for their compassionate care.

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