Henry Tschetter, 89, formerly of Huron, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Bethesda Church in Huron with the Rev. Roy Burket officiating. Burial is in the Ideal Cemetery. Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kuhler Funeral Home in Huron, with his family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Henry Issak Tschetter was born Oct. 8, 1923, on a farm outside of 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 U.S. Navy in 1944. Following basic training he married Barbara “Bobbi” Walter on Aug. 6, 1944, at Bethel Church.
Within three short days of their marriage 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.
The couple relocated 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.
His devotion to church and family were important to his Christian faith. As a family, they faithfully attended Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church, during which time he served as a deacon and afterwards as the superintended of Sunday school.
They later became members of Bethesda Church where he taught Sunday school and actively attended until moving to an assisted living center in Sioux Falls.
Henry was active in Huron’s Kiwanis Club, and 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, all of Huron; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna (Kenneth) Dolliver of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Donald; a sister, Dorothy; and one great-granddaughter, Kelsey Tschetter.
Memorials may be directed to the Huron Gideons Camp.
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