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Eugene "Gene" Eggers

Born in Hammond, IN on Aug 06, 1937

Died on Sep 28, 2018 and resided in De Pere, WI

Eugene Sherman Eggers, D.D.S., M.S.D. (Gene), age 81, De Pere, WI passed away unexpectedly following a brain aneurysm September 28, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Gene was born August 6, 1937 in Hammond, IN to Dr. Henry W. & Esther E. (Cooper) Eggers. He married Donna (Wright) on June 29, 1963 and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

Gene graduated from Lake Forest Academy (1955), Indiana University (B.S. 1960; Sigma Chi), and Indiana University School of Dentistry (D.D.S. 1963; Psi Omega, M.S.D. 1968 Pediatric Dentistry). Following graduation from dental school he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force based at Wheelus Airforce Base, Tripoli, Libya. After completing his military service he returned and completed his specialty dental training in pediatric dentistry. He was an Assistant Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Dentistry at IU and Marquette University. In 1968 Gene and Donna moved to Green Bay to raise their family and where he opened his practice, Pediatric Dentistry Clinic of Green Bay S.C., the first specialized practice for children in the area. He was in private practice from 1968 to 2001. Following his retirement, he was a founding member of Oral Health Partnership and volunteered at both OHP and the Open Door Clinic in Sturgeon Bay.

Throughout his life he quietly served his community including the following: Member of the Allouez Optimist Club. Dental Consultant to: United Cerebral Palsy of N.E. Wisconsin, Green Bay Head Start, United Way Health and Wellness Committee, and EPSDT of Brown County. President of: Brown-Door-Kewaunee Dental Society, Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentists, and Northeast Wisconsin Dental Study Club. Board Member: Oral Health Partnership and Encompass Child Care. Wisconsin Dental Association Peer Review Committee and Relief Committee. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, Wisconsin Dental Association, Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentists, Indiana University School of Dentistry Pediatric Dental Alumni Association.

While he preferred to stay behind the scenes, occasionally he was recognized for his efforts, receiving: American College of Dentists Award of Excellence in A Scientific Presentation 1971, United Cerebral Palsy of N.E. Wisconsin Recognition of Service Award, Wisconsin Headstart Association Achieving Excellence Award 1988, Green Bay Headstart Golden Rule Award 1996, Encompass Child Care Behind the Scenes Award 2006, Brown County United Way the W. Heraly MacDonald Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community 2007, WPS Volunteer Awards Small Group Runner Up- Founding Members of Oral Health Partnership 2018.

Gene was a state champion doubles racquetball player, cyclist, marathon runner (including the Boston Marathon), gardener, hunter and fisherman. But his greatest joy was sharing these experiences with his grandchildren and cheering them on at their sporting events.

Gene is survived by his wife Donna; his daughters, Laura and Bill Wangerin, Alison Keast, Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Eric Ulve, and son Kurt and Jill Eggers, grandchildren: Emily, Ryan, Kelsey, Connor and Ellie Keast; Sophie, Cooper, Maeread and Trygg Ulve; Laney, Murphy and Charlie Eggers. He is also survived by his brother Hap Eggers; his sisters Trudy Aufderheide and Diane Rudolph; and his sister-in-law Debbie Weaver.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday October 6, 2018 at First United Presbyterian Church, 605 N. Webster, De Pere, WI. The memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. with the family receiving friends after the service in the fellowship hall of the church. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to Oral Health Partnership or Encompass Childcare to continue serving the children of Brown County.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the De Pere Fire Department and the staff at Aurora BayCare for the care and compassion they showed Gene and his family.

Memorial Service: Saturday Oct 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at First United Presbyterian Church

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Shawn Kamke

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