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Rev. Eugene Harold Vetter

Reverend Eugene Harold Vetter, 89, of Mazomanie, WI, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms. The Rev. Craig K. Niemeier will officiate. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Worms. Visitation will be held one hour before time of service at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Reverend Vetter was born on Jan. 13, 1925, in Milwaukee, WI, to Julius William and Irma Clara (Heuer) Vetter. He was united in marriage to Joan Louise Bader on Aug. 6, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms, NE. He is survived by his wife, Joan of Mazomanie, WI; 10 children and spouses, Dr. Mary (husband David Sauchyn) of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Susan (husband Jim Clark) of Wheaton, IL; Eugene Jr. (wife Caroline Carboni-Vetter) of Grasse, France; Dr. Alisen of Mazomanie, WI; Dr. James (wife Barbara Vetter) of Portola Valley, CA; Dr. Christine (husband Ramesh Subramanian) of Westport, CT; Dr. John (wife Aileen Vetter of Sun Prairie, WI; Dr. Sally (husband Victor Chen) of Tucson, AZ; Dr. David (wife Nodira Vetter) of Tacoma, WA;and Dr. Ann (husband John Dally) of Mazomanie, WI. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Marjorie Vetter of Golden City, MO, and his brother-in-law, Fred Bartel of Madison, WI. He was baptized at home by Rev. E.P. Dornfeld on Jan. 29, 1925. Eugene was conformed on April 10, 1938, at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, by Rev. E.P. Dornfeld. He graduated from Concordia High School and, in 1944, Concordia College in Milwaukee, WI. During summers from 1945 to 1950 Eugene attended Concordia teacher's Colleges in Seward, NE and Fort Wayne, IN and in June 1950, Eugene graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, with a Bachelor's Degree in Divinity. He also earned a Master's Degree in Science from Wayne State teacher's College in Wayne, NE in 1963. His pastorates include St. John's Lutheran Church in Ruma, IL from 1950-52, where he was also a teacher; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Linkville, MI, 1952-56; St. John's Lutheran Church in New Haven, MI, 1956-59; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 1959-61, where he was an associate pastor; St. John's Lutheran Church, Battle Creek, NE, 1961-75; and lastly, Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham, WI and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stony Hill, Shawano, WI, a dual parish from 1975-90. Eugene also served as Circuit Counselor in Wisconsin and from 1976-90 as Chaplain at Shawano County Mission Society. From 1976-90 Pastor Eugene Vetter spoke at 11 Missouri Synod Lutheran District conferences and conventions throughout the central and eastern United States as well as Toronto, Canada. After retiring to Milwaukee, WI in 1990 Eugene assisted St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee with pastoral visitation for six years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Irma Vetter; his brothers, Rev. Donald Vetter and Rev. Harold Vetter; and his sister, Dr. Elaine Bartel. Memorials are suggested to: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Global Mission Fund, 1333 Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7226.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Vetter family. He was such an awesome minister at Stoney Hill. My father and Pastor Vetter were good friends. He was so good to my family.

Patty Burr Jun 15 2014 9:45 PM

A great man from a great family, we are heartfelt sorry for your loss. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Karl & Suzanne Beilfuss Jun 1 2014 9:31 PM

We are so very sorry for the great loss suffered by all in the Vetter family. God bless.

Alan & Heather Young May 21 2014 4:33 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Joan and your family. We will always remember Pastor Vetter for his kind and gentle ways. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Don & Karen Wurth May 19 2014 11:54 AM

Our thoughts & prayers are with all the Vetter family. Pastor arrived in BC to confirm our class, I had him as a student teacher at BCHS I think in Physics, he married us & baptize both of our children. He was a very special man & minister. Our condolences to all the Vetter family. Joanne (Wacker) & Fred Prauner

Joanne Prauner May 16 2014 8:01 PM

Praying for you all, especially my classmate, Susan. Your family was such a great part of Battle Creek. Such a loving, giving home you had. Hugs to you!

Mary Ann Ingalsbe Pavlik May 16 2014 7:42 AM

My prayers are with the Vetter family, I'll always have good memories of Pastor, he married my husband and me! He always had the right message in his sermons!

Kathy Papstein (Reitz) May 14 2014 7:42 AM

Prayers for all the family . Pastor Vetter touched many lives. Thanks be to God he touched ours.

Bruce and Karen Unkel Grant May 13 2014 10:08 PM

My prayers and thoughts to all of you. I have only great memories of Eugene and the time I spent in Shawano with you all. Listening to his vibrant sermons and talking to him in 1978-79 changed my life. Literally. Joan, much love to you. Laurence

Laurence Schumann May 13 2014 6:20 PM

Just wanted the family of Rev. Eugene Vetter to know you're in our thoughts, in our prayers, and on our hearts.Joan, sorry we were not able to attend the funeral.

Marvin & Marlene Peters May 13 2014 9:52 AM

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