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Richard "Dick" Symoens

September 12, 1943 — January 28, 2013

Watertown - Richard A. Symoens, age 69, of Watertown, died Monday afternoon, January 28, 2013, at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek after a long battle with cancer.

There will be no local services. Following cremation, his remains will be placed at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. A private family and veteran's graveside service is planned.

Dick was born in Racine on September 12, 1943, son of Armand and Helen Symoens.

He was a graduate of Union Grove High School and served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964. He had a long career with AT&T, retiring in 1995. From 1996 to 2006 he enjoyed consulting for CompuWare. In retirement he worked part-time at the Watertown Farm & Fleet store.

He was married to the former Joy Lenling on April 20, 1968, in Greendale.

He is survived by his wife; son, Mark (Judy) Symoens of Reeseville; daughters, Kelly (Jerry) Alviar of Woodbury, Tennessee and Jill (Bill) Gallagher of Beaver Dam; seven grandchildren, Daniel and Heather Symoens, Megan and Emily Alviar, Elizabeth, Draven and Sydnee Gallagher; one sister, Pat (Raymond) Hahn of Burlington; and one brother, Joseph (Sharon) Symoens of Franksville.

He was preceded in death by both parents and one brother, David.

He was active in local bowling circles for many years and served as manager of the local bowling association for 25 years, as a member of the Hall of Fame committee, and in many other bowling leadership positions. He was a member of the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame.

He was also active in the Interstate Racing Association where he was treasurer and statistician, and was treasurer and an active board member of Watertown's itterle Beaudoin Post No. 189, American Legion. He was also a key member of the Legion's Fourth of July celebration committee for a number of years. He was a volunteer driver for the Jefferson County Veterans Services Department.

He enjoyed taking motorcycle trips, camping and helping others. He was very proud of his bowling accomplishments and had six 300 games, one 298 game, one 800 series, bowled with several pro bowlers in various tournaments and won a number of bowling awards and honors.
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