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Henry Tschetter, 89, of Sioux Falls, and formerly of Huron

Posted: Monday, Dec 10th, 2012

SIOUX FALLS — Henry Tschetter, 89, of Sioux Falls, and formerly of Huron, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bethesda Church with the Rev. Roy Burket officiating. A private family burial will be prior to the service at Ideal Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Huron Veterans Council.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kuhler Funeral Home, with his family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Huron Gideons Camp. Visit wwwkuhlerfuneralhome.com.

Henry Issak Tschetter was born Oct. 8, 1923, on a farm near Yale. He attended rural school near Yale and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1941. Following graduation he worked as a farm laborer until enlisting in the Navy in 1944.

Following basic training he married Barbara “Bobbi” Walter on Aug. 6, 1944, at Bethel Church. Three days later he shipped out to the Island of New Caledonia and returned 22 months later when World War II ended. The couple farmed with his parents for a short time before moving to Huron in 1947, where he began a career with Gold Medal Dairy. In 1949 the dairy was purchased by Fairmont Food Products. His early years were spent in the dairy processing milk and cheese, followed by a commercial delivery route in Huron serving local grocery stores and restaurants. He was promoted to manager of the Huron location and held that position until Fairmont Foods closed operations in South Dakota. They moved to Moorhead, Minn., for three years to complete his career with the company. After retiring in 1980, they returned to Huron where he worked as the custodian for St. Theresa Catholic School. In 1985, he began working at the Kuhler Funeral Home, which he continued until he suffered a stroke in 2002. 

He attended Mount Olivet Mennonite Church, during which time he served as a deacon and superintendent of Sunday school. They later became members of Bethesda Church until moving to an assisted living center in Sioux Falls.

He was active in Huron’s Kiwanis Club, the Huron Gideon Camp and sang with the Silvertones men’s ensemble.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bobbi of Sioux Falls; four children, Marlis (Herb) Klaassen of Omaha, Neb., Craig (Della) Tschetter of Brookings, and Douglas (Susie) Tschetter and Steven (Bev) Tschetter, both of Huron; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Edna (Kenneth) Dolliver of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Donald; a sister, Dorothy; and one great-granddaughter.

For the complete article see the 12-09-2012 issue.

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