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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • John Vetter

  • John Vetter, age 74, of Saint James, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.
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  • John Vetter, age 74, of Saint James, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Visitation will be on Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and will continue on Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Service will be held at the Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner. Interment will be at a later time. email condolences may be sent atwww.sturmfh.com. Arrangements with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

    John William Vetter was born in Ormsby, on September 19, 1939 to La Verne and Mildred (Beck) Vetter. A life time member of Augustana Lutheran Church, John was baptized and confirmed there. John graduated from St. James High School with the Class of '58 and began working for Chicago North Western Railroad (later Union Pacific). On May 8, 1963 he was inducted into the US Army. He served on active duty for two years and his reserve obligations ended on May 7, 1969. Upon leaving active duty, John returned to the railroad, working as a brakeman and conductor. He retired in 2001. On December 14, 1968, he married Janice Wegner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake and recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary. John enjoyed socializing, driving around town, going to the casino, attending his son and grandson's ball games, watching St. James High School sports, the Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves, and listening to country music. He had a sense of humor and enjoyed shows such as Cash Cab and Wheel of Fortune. He was a member of United Transport Union and a lifetime member of the St. James American Legion, Post 33.
    John is survived by his wife, Janice, St. James; son, Jason (special friend, Heather), Sioux Falls; grandson, Jamison; sisters, Colleen (Duane "Duke") Nessler, St. James, Marilynn (Byron) Epland, Prescott, Wis., and Sandra Resick, New Hope, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Judy Helferich, Butterfield; and brothers-in-law; Jerry (Kathy) Wegner, New Ulm, and Gene Wegner, St. James.
    He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ronald Wegner.
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