Walter (Russell) Fetterley died at 2:00a.m. October 20, 2012 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, SD. Georgia Fetterley, his wife of 57 years, was at his bedside. Born March 15, 1933 in York, Nebraska, he spent his childhood in College View Nebraska. College View is now a part of Lincoln Nebraska. He joined the United States Navy at 17 in 1950. Following active duty, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln Nebraska where he met Georgia Mae Gifford.
They married August 11, 1955. To this union were born four children, two girls and two boys. Russ and Georgia put their educations on hold while rearing their children. They lived in Lincoln Nebraska where Russ worked as an electrical Substation operator. Moving his family to Highmore, SD November 1970, Russ then accepted a position at what is now the Department of Energy Sub-station near Crow Creek. Here, they finished raising their family. Russ also continued serving in the Naval Reserve Construction Battalion—Sea Bees. He retired from Navy Reserves in 1985 as Petty Officer 1st Class.
Russ enjoyed his children grandchildren, great-grandchildren and odd jokes and history of the old west.
Moving to Toccoa Falls Georgia In August 1979, Russ and Georgia finished their education. He received his BS in Bible and Theology May 1986. Georgia received her degree in Mass Communication. They returned to Nebraska, after graduating. August, 2007, they entered Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, SD.
Russell was preceded in death by his mother, Beulah. (She was born a Wilson.) His father, Walter Russell Jeys, step-father, Elmer Fetterley and step father, Herbert Applebee all preceded him in Death.
He is survived by his wife Georgia of Mitchell, SD, Son, Bud Fetterley and Bud’s wife, Carolyn of Boise Idaho: Daughter, Kathleen Miedema and her husband, Philip of Mitchell SD; Son, Gifford Fetterley of Papillion, Nebraska; Daughter, Rebecca Stone and her husband, Allan of La Vista, Nebraska; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many friends.