Robert J. Vetter - May 31, 2013Robert J. Vetter, 90, of Aurora, died Friday, May 31, 2013, at Memorial Community Care.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Dr. F. Cole Fowler will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Aurora United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church or the Hamilton County Senior Center. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Robert Joe Vetter, son of Frances John and Saloma Rosalie (Springer) Vetter, was born on the family farm near Aurora on September 20, 1922.
Bob received his education from Fairview District 66 School, south of the family farm. He worked in an airplane factory in California before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in January 1943, serving during World War II. Bob returned to Aurora to farm after being honorably discharged in January 1946.
Bob was married to Roberta Herron on Dec. 5, 1948, at Aurora. Bob farmed until his retirement in 1981. He and Bobbie enjoyed traveling and visiting friends and family in retirement. Bob was honored to be a member of a Freedom Flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Bob was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion, United Methodist Church and the Soil Conservation Service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and their wives, Ray and Ruth, Max and Doris, Dale and Della and Lynn and Betty; an infant son, Rendall and great-grandson, Carter.
Survivors his wife Roberta Vetter of Aurora; four children, Randy Vetter and Lorena Garrett of Aurora, Vicki (Jim) Zikmund of Kearney, Frank (Kathy) Vetter of Funk and Clark (Peggy) Vetter of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Jessie Vetter and friend Brian, Troy Vetter and friend Cassie, Vicki Garrett and friend Tim, Allison Garrett and friend Jacob, Tom (Sara) Zikmund, Steve Zikmund and friend Ashley, Kate (Mike) Griess and Adam Vetter; five great-grandchildren, Kahle, Isabella, Barrett, Cole, Madison and many nieces and nephews.