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Name: Willis E. Gouwens, Jr. M.D.
Date of Death: 04/30/2010
Age at death: 83
Military Service: United States Army
Willis E. Gouwens Jr. M.D., 83, passed away April 30, 2010. Dr. Gouwens was born on August 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Willis E. Sr. & Cornelia (Veld) Gouwens.
He served with the U.S. Army during WWII as a First LT. and was a guard during the Nuremberg Trials. Following his military service he attended and graduated from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He began his medical practice in Michigan before completing his medical residency in Anesthesiology at Shands Hospital University of Florida in Gainesville from 1960-1962. He returned to Michigan to practice anesthesiology, then in 1965 moved to Manatee County, Florida, from Grand Haven, Michigan.
Locally he practiced at Manatee Memorial Hospital & L.W. Blake Memorial Hospital where he was a co-founder, in Bradenton. Additionally he practiced at Doctors Hospital in Sarasota and South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center.
He retired in 1988 after a long and distinguished medical career. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, the Alumni Associations of the University of Florida, University of Chicago and Augustana College, and the Manatee County Medical Society since 1965.
He was predeceased by two sons, Paul Alan Gouwens in 1978, David Frank Gouwens M.D. in 1985, and two brothers, Robert V. & John Paul Gouwens. He is survived by his loving children; James R. (Cyndi) Gouwens, and Kathryn (Wayne) Boudreaux of Bradenton, two grandchildren, Ryan and Mariah, and a brother, Donald (Carol) Gouwens of St. Louis, Missouri.
At his request there will be no services held. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Association.
Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.