Arthur Vetter

Saturday, September 14, 2019
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Arthur Vetter of Hilger, passed away at the age of 83 in the hospice house in Billings on Aug. 28. He was born on Oct. 12, 1935 in Minot, North Dakota.

Art started work at the age of 16, picking up the milk cans from the local farmers and delivering them to the Purity Dairy in Minot. He married the love of his life Joyce, and they moved to Billings in 1955, where he worked at a brickyard. Here he developed his muscles and strong arms. He was always up for a good arm wrestling match, which he usually won. From there he went into truck driving, hauling road oil for Babcock and Lee, C.F. and Meyer. He enjoyed driving and had pride in the upkeep of his truck, which he was noted for.

Art owned many motorcycles, mostly Harleys, but his first was a 1942 Indian, which he bought at the age of

17. He belonged in a fun group of Harley-riding friends. Art and Joyce would ride together on many exciting weekend road trips. They had many hunting trips together, as they loved and lived to hunt and fish. They enjoyed many boating and camping trips with their children and grandchildren, and an ice-cold beer with good friends.

Art had an incredible memory of people, events, stories and jokes. We loved hearing about his life experiences. We all had many laughs over all his jokes he told and were amazed at how he remembered them all.

Art always told Joyce, “I love my children and grand children more than I can say.”

He was a Moose member for 62 years.

Art is survived by his wife Joyce; son Rodney (Bonnie) Vetter of Park City, their children Sara (Kris) O’Bleniss of Billings, Lacey (Jim) Steen of Lewistown, Amy (Nate) Hurless of Billings; Janene Walbert Lawler (Alan) and Jacob Vetter; daughter Debbie Hinze of Joliet and her children, Kelsi (Billy) Heisler of Great Falls, Dahlia “Sweetster” Turner of Oregon, Kasondra “Kassie” Hinze Wagner of Red Lodge; daughter Susan Truscott of Huntley and son James Smith of Billings. He was blessed with 12 wonderful greatgrandchildren, Emily and Luke O’Bleniss; Cooper and Adya Steen; Alivia Hurless; Bailey Vetter Harrell, Raylee Maddox, Peyton, Paige and Greyson Smith, and Kennedi and Klair Wagner. He is also survived by nephew Steve (Lori) Griffin of Billings; nieces Marilyn (James) Hill of California, Pam (Dave) Morris of New Mexico; brothers-in-law Maynard Brandon of Arizona and Pat Griffin of Billings.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Howard Vetter, and three sisters, Beverly Johnson, Connie Dickinson and Joyce Griffin.

Art is now on his eternal Harley, riding up the stairway to Heaven. He always said, “See ya, happy trails.”

So dad, grandpa, to you, “ Love you, happy trails, see you on the other side Pa.”

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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