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Duane Arthur Vetter
Duane Arthur Vetter was born March 16, 1932, at rural Westside, the son of Walter and Amelia Vetter. He passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, at the age of 85. Duane was baptized into Christ at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia on April 10, 1932, and was confirmed there April 14, 1946. He received his education in the schools near his home and was a 1950 graduate of Westside High School. In 1951, he took a trip with Wes Stoelk, Glenn Lenz and Ralph Gehlsen in Wesley's open-aired Model T Ford pickup truck to Pigeon River, Canada. Duane served his country in the United States Army as a vehicle mechanic with the A Battery C 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion from June 1, 1953, until May 22, 1955. He had been stationed in Mainz, Germany. On May 27, 1962, he was united in marriage to LuCille Comstock at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. They were blessed with the birth of four children, Alan, Brian, Cathy and Russell. They settled on a farm northeast of Manilla, where Duane enjoyed farming and feeding cattle. After retirement, they moved to Denison in 1992.

Attending tractor shows and threshing shows were favorite pastimes. Duane was very involved in the church, serving as an elder at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla and at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. His television favorites were RFDTV, Mollie B's Polka Show, and Guy Lombardo. The past 10 years he enjoyed the company of his dear friend Virgie Henningsen. They traveled many places together. During a trip to Germany, Virgie surprised Duane by taking him to his former military base in Mainz.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LuCille in 1997; and a granddaughter, Laura.

Survivors include three sons, Alan and his wife, Cheryl, Brian and his wife, Diane, and Russell and his wife, Teri; a daughter, Cathy and her husband, George; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four sisters, Darleen, Virgene, Sandra and Diane; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Rev. Joshua Keinath and Rev. Kurt Kaiser officiated the service, with graveside rites held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Denison. Organist Karen Kahl provided accompaniment for congregational hymns, "The Old Rugged Cross," "How Great Thou Art," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "I'm But a Stranger Here." Serving as honorary pallbearers were Carolyn Pickup, Walter Vetter, Amelia Vetter, Jordan Vetter, Duane Vetter and Gus Pickup. Pallbearers were Doug Comstock, Steve Comstock, Micheal Vetter, David Vetter, Kyle Vetter and Nate Vetter.

Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

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