Obituary: Gerald Vetter

Gerald Vetter, 81, died on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

Gerald was born on Dec. 31, 1934 to Edmond and Helen (Endres) Vetter in Newton.

Gerald married Billie Mae Hinton on Aug. 28, 1954. She survives.

Gerald graduated from Newton High School in 1952. He was a lifelong Newton resident and retired from USD 373. He was a carpenter, handyman and a lifelong farmer. He served in the Army/National Guard and was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton. He served as the District Deputy of the Third Degree for the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid KU basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife, Billie Mae Vetter; children, Gerald R. Vetter and wife Deanna, Mark Vetter and wife Ann, Kimberly Fiessinger and husband, Mark; sister, Pat Randall; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Helen Vetter; and two brothers, Maurice and Jim Vetter.

The Mass of the Resurrection was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A committal service was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

Gerald will be remembered for his fun loving ways, strong work habits and his love for his family.

A memorial has been established for Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton and Meals on Wheels. Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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