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Gerald Vetter

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Gerald W. Vetter age 90 of Nashua died Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2016, at St. John United Church of Christ - Pleasant Hill, rural Nashua with Rev. John Cofield presiding. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Gerald Walter Vetter was born December 10, 1925, in Riverton Township in rural Floyd County, IA, the son of Walter and Anna Marie (Litterer) Vetter. He received his education in rural country school and was a 1943 graduate of the Charles City High School. He served state-side in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on April 25, 1947. On February 22, 1948, in Mason City, IA, he married Beulah Groen. To this union six children were born. The couple farmed west of Nashua for 48 years and Gerald continued to help on the farm with his son Paul. Gerald had also worked for the Charles City ASC office for 17 years. In his younger days, he was very active playing softball. He loved fishing, dart-ball, playing cards, especially “500” and “Hearts”. In his latter year he spent many hours putting puzzles together. He cherished his family and time with them was the most important to Gerald. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Beulah; two sons, Galen (Kim) Vetter of Edwards, CO, Paul (Pam) Vetter of Parnell, IA; four daughters, Wanda (Bob) Mondt of Charles City, Deb (Cam) Powers of Nashua, Donna (Cliff) Edson of Ionia, Patti (Larry) Schluter of Farmington, MN; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren; one brother, Don (Shari) Vetter of Greene, IA; one sister, Laura Koeff of Nashua. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Dorothy (Leon) Scott, Edna (Don) Speicher, Elsie (Art) Heitz, Louise (Clarence) Gersema; brother-in-law, Delvin Koeff.

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  1. I have a lot of great memories with grandpa. I remember spending the night at grandma and grandpa’s house when we were kids; eating sugar cookies and ice cream, playing Super Nintendo, playing with the train set, and he would teach us how to play pool. In high school, I remember Saturdays in the fall when dad would drive the combine, I would drive the grain cart, and grandpa would drive the semis back and forth. One thing that sticks out most in my mind is that grandpa was always there to support us. Grandma and him attended almost all of my athletic events that I can remember (all the way until I graduated college). The picture I shared was at a football game my senior year of college. It was late in the season, and it was bitterly cold that day. It was windy and I think it even snowed for part of the game. But there was Grandpa, there supporting me even though the weather was far from perfect. That’s what I’ll always remember about him. Rest in peace Grandpa…

  2. Beulah, Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. So many happy memories of the times the family’s and cousins got together. Carl & Margret Litterer Horengic

  3. My sympathy and prayers to out to all the members of Gerald’s family. He will be greatly missed by all.

  4. Keith & LaMar Stanerson – Stanerson Implement, Conroy,Ia. purchased the Emerald Garden Basket for the family of Gerald W. Vetter.

  5. Terry, Shawna, Haley And Shane Hilleshei lit a candle in memory of Gerald W. Vetter

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