J. Kent Tweeten, M.D., 96, of Madison, Wis., died peacefully on July 21, 2012, at Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg. Kent is survived by five of his six children: Caroline (David) Sheperd of Madison; Eloise Tweeten (Jack Strange) of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Rolf (Carrie) Tweeten of Raleigh, N.C.; Elizabeth (Charles) Johnson of Verona, Wis.; and Amy Tweeten (Tony Vollmar) of Petoskey, Mich. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, ages 8-28: Lindsey (Alex), Cole, Sierra, Kirsten, Kent, Blake, Kelsey, Arthur, Dana, and Jacob. Kent was preceded in death by his brothers, SIGVARD TWEETEN ’31, and Paul; sister Ruth (Grina); wife, June (1970); and eldest son, Paul (2006).
Kent was born in Rochelle, Ill., to Rev. JACOB TWEETEN (Luther class of 1903), and Maud Tweten. He received a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June, 1942, and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Europe from August 12, 1943, until his discharge on May 23, 1946, attaining the rank of Major.
Kent opened a general medical practice in Madison in 1946, and continued to practice in Madison until his retirement in 1988. He was known as a dedicated, caring family doctor. Kent demonstrated pride in his Norwegian heritage through his support of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, the Norwegian-American Geneology Center and Naeseth Library and his membership in the Madison Torske Klubben. He was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church, raising his family in the Lutheran faith. Kent enjoyed travel and was a loyal fan of the Badgers, Packers and Brewers.
In the Tweeten household father truly knew best, teaching by example through his humble, steadfast devotion to family and serving others.
Kent was a resident of the Oakwood West retirement community, and services were held in the RESURRECTION CHAPEL at OAKWOOD VILLAGE UNIVERSITY WOODS, 6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, on Saturday, July 28. Memorials may be sent to Agrace Hospice and the Naeseth Library. The family would like to thank the staff at Oakwood Village, Meriter Hospital (six tower), Agrace Hospice center and Dr. Veronica Heide for their compassionate care and concern.