Clifford F. Gatterman
Clifford F. Gatterman, 86, 3450 Bridlewood Dr., Plover, WI, a former Merrill resident, died Oct. 8, 2010 at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, with his family at his side.
Mr. Gatterman was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Merrill, a son of the late William Gatterman and Cecelia Templin.
He was married to Helen Gaedeke in 1946. She survives.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army 641st Engineer Camouflage Co. in World War II 1943-1946, serving in New Guinea, the Philippines, Luzon, and the occupation of Japan.
He was employed at Ward Paper Company for 7 years before starting his own business, Gatterman’s Poultry Farm, which he and his wife ran from 1955-1976. He also logged timber for many years, up until he was 76 years old. In addition, he experimented with many projects including raising pigs and Black Angus cattle, growing mushrooms, and building his own man-made lake in the New Wood Wildlife Area.
Leisure activities centered around bow and gun hunting at his land in New Wood and fishing at several lakes in Northern Wisconsin.
Survivors include his wife; son, William (Pat) Gatterman, Waukesha; daughters, Kathleen (Edward) Martinsen, Stevens Point, Christine (Ronald) Weseloh, Custer, and Lauri Gatterman, CA; sister, Alice Alberg, Merrill; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and five step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Bernard; and two sisters, Dorothy Hennig and Lydia Byerly.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Waid Funeral Home. Burial followed at Merrill Memorial Park.