Funeral services for Vern Fetterer of Starbuck, MN will be Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Villard, with Reverend Philip Beyersdorf officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in West Lake Amelia Cemetery, near Villard.
Vernet Leon Fetterer, was born on August 1, 1922 in Rock Island, Illinois to Commadore Perry and Mary Effie (Squires) Fetterer. Vern was raised, attended church and school at the Swedish Lutheran Home for Children in Joliet, Illinois. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Vern moved from the Swedish Lutheran Home for Children at the age of 17 and traveled to Glenwood to follow up the harvest. Following that time, he started working with the Civilian Conservation Corp in Akley, Minnesota, planting trees. Once he left the CCC camp he returned to Rock Island, IL where he stayed with his sister Flossie and worked several jobs in the Quad City area. Vern joined the United States Army in 1942; he served in combat during WWII and Korea. He was captured in Korea and held as a POW in Old Pyok-tong (now known as Tongju-ri) from December 1950 to August 1953. Vern was united in marriage to Iva Jacobs in the fall of 1953, they had six children together. They made their home in Villard, MN. Iva stayed home and raised the children while Vern was stationed all over the world with the Army, coming home when he was able. Vern retired from the US Army in 1964 and returned to his family in Villard. He then commuted to St Paul and worked for Fisher Nut Company and US Customs.
Vern was a life member of the Starbuck VFW and the Villard American Legion. He enjoyed Lapidary work – always giving his projects and jewelry away. He liked flower and vegetable gardening and in his later years, after losing some eyesight, Vern began writing poems and safety slogans.
Vern died peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Holly Ridge Manor in Starbuck, Minnesota, he lived to reach the age of 94 years.
Vern is survived by his children: Claudette (George) Frasier of Surprise, AZ, Donna Fetterer of Kingsville, MO, Ida (Marcus Smith) Fetterer of Ramsey, MN, Annette Doxsey of Columbia, TN, LeVerne Fetterer of Villard, and Doyle (Dee Ann) Fetterer of Villard; 15 grandchildren: April Malcom of Lincoln, NE, Lea (Jimi) Watson of Omaha, NE, Chelsea (Eric Sappington) Frasier of Surprise, AZ, Laurel Hautala of Kansas City, MO, Amanda (Mark) Lubinski of Germany, Dwight (Che) Smith of Victoria, British Columbia, Tiffany (Danny Rivera) Smith of Toledo, OH, Cecily (Shawn Hanson) Smith of Ramsey, Jessie (Nicholas Deplanche)Weber of Quebec, Canada, Anna Weber of Olivebridge, NY, Allen (Melissa) Fetterer of Rothsay, Crystal (Shane Young) Fetterer of Osage, Jamie (Jared Morrisette) Fetterer of Isanti, Forest Fetterer of Sauk Centre, and Brooke Fetterer of Morris; 13 great-grandchildren: William, Miles, Riley, Bella, Hallie, Maddie, Sophia, Louis, Cole, Addison, Kennedy, Talim, and Jameson. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Iva, and his sister, Flossie Iffland, brother's Leo, and Perry Orlando Fetterer.
Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck is in charge of the arrangements.