Dr. Edward Donald Detjen

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  • Name: Dr. Edward Donald Detjen
  • Location of Birth: Rio Creek, Wisconsin
  • Date of Birth: September 30, 1918
  • Date of Death: December 11, 1973 (55 years old)
  • Parents: Edward William Detjen and Minnie (Schmeling) Detjen
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  • College: University of Wisconsin Medical School
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  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Military Highlights:
    Dr. Detjen served as a Navy doctor with the Marines in World War II.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Dr. Edward Donald Detjen was a physician who established a practice in the Bigfork, Minnesota area in 1960 with Dr. Walter R. Eicher.

    After the war he started private practice at Bigfork, Minnesota and from 1946 to 1959 was the only physician in that area. He made house calls in this rural area in a private plane equipped with snow skis in the winter and was instrumental in founding the Bigfork Hospital.

    Prior to moving to Chandler, Arizona, he practiced in Casa Grande in 1959. Dr. Detjen had formed the Chandler Medical Group consisting of four doctors.

    Dr. Detjen was a member of the American and Arizona Medical Associations, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, past chairman of the Chandler Community Hospital medical board, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner, a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Bigfork, Minnesota, and a member of the Lions, Elks, and the Presbyterian Church in Chandler, Arizona. He was a Federal Aviation Authority medical examiner.

    Survivors of Dr. Detjen, a native of Rio Creek, Wisconsin, include his wife, Dorothy Jane; a son, Todd; four daughters, Mrs. Suejane Milot, Mrs. Jill Gentry, Terriann Chubb, and Mrs. Holly Simmons; a sister in Wisconsin; and two granddaughters.

    Edward died of accidental asphyxiation in his cabin at Rocky Point, Mexico. Dr. Detjen was cremated and is buried in the Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery at Chandler, Arizona.

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