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Paul P. Vetch passed peacefully at the Ipswich Care and Rehabilitation Center on March 3, 2018, at the age of 93.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 12, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Avenue SE, Aberdeen, with Father Mark Lichter and Father Russell Homic officiating.
Burial, with military rites, will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen after a luncheon and time of fellowship at the church hall.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, Aberdeen, is handling arrangements.
Visitation will be 1-3 p.m., Sunday, at the mortuary with a liturgical wake and rosary beginning at 3:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour before Mass at the church.
Friends may sign Paul’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Paul was born on August 16, 1924, in Roscoe, SD to John and Elizabeth (Biernbaum) Vetch. Paul spent his childhood in Roscoe, where he attended school.
Paul was a proud veteran of World War II. He felt it was a great honor to fight for his country and had a great respect for our country’s flag.
Paul was united in marriage to Katherine Malsam on May 17, 1948, in Hosmer. God blessed this union with 14 children. They spent most of their married life in the Hosmer area. In 1983 they moved to Aberdeen to help care for their daughter, Judy and her family. Paul was always willing to help his neighbors with yard work, snow removal and sharing his tools. He was known for being able to fix anything and was happy to share his knowledge. Paul enjoyed visits with both young and old and could hold conversations for hours. Katherine and Paul moved to the Ipswich Rehab and Care Center in June of 2017. They shared over 69 years of marriage before she passed away on December 29, 2017.
Paul is survived by 12 children: Janice (Ralph) Borge, Aberdeen, Joyce Mettler, Mobridge, Jeanette (Chuck) Nietert, Aberdeen, Kathleen Beck, Rapid City, James, Sioux Falls, Wilbert (Pat), Eau Claire, WI, John (Ronda), Mitchell, Paul (Diane), Warner, Mary (Jason Lien) Job, Aberdeen, Richard (Heather), Eureka, Paulette (Brad) Ulmer, Watertown, and Michelle (Alvin) Gerlach, Aberdeen; son-in-law Don Bremer, Bullhead City, AZ; 36 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great- great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, LeRoy Vetch, Alexandria, NE; three sisters: Bernice Buechler, Selby, Walburga Zambo, Selby, and Gladys (Raymond) Preszler, Aberdeen; one bother-in-law, Roger Kraft, Hoven; and one sister-in-law, Orma Vetch, Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine; their daughter, Judy Bremer and their infant son, Thomas; two sons-in-law: Bruce Mettler and Michael Beck; his parents; two brothers; four sisters; four bothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.