Lawrence "Larry" Vetter

Lawrence "Larry" Vetter


January 20, 1940 - June 29, 2023


Lawrence "Larry" Vetter, 83, of Mitchell, died Thursday, June 29, 2023, at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 13, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Larry Vetter was born January 20, 1940, in Woonsocket, SD. He was the first of seven children born to Joe and Helen (Larson) Vetter. The family moved to Salem in 1945 where Larry attended St. Mary’s Catholic school from 1st grade until graduation in 1958.

He attended Creighton University for two years. Larry then became a teacher and basketball coach for the schools in Stephan and later Lane. His basketball team at Lane won the school’s only district championship and was named AP Sports story of 1969.

Larry married Deanna Taft of Mitchell on August 5, 1967; to this union three children were born: Paul, Rob, and Nate. They enjoyed many family trips home to South Dakota from Nebraska and Iowa. Larry worked as a salesman for the Jordan Millwork company from 1969-1981, and worked in Omaha, NE from 1975-1983; other sales jobs followed covering southwest Iowa and northwest Iowa. Larry enjoyed driving through the Midwest making sales calls as part of his jobs.

He moved to Pierre in 1989, where he would remain for 25 years. He married Brenda Mancarti in April 1998, and enjoyed helping raise her two grandsons and feeding their two cats. Larry attended many high school sports events in Pierre. He also enjoyed telling jokes and hearing jokes everywhere he went in life.

In 2014, Larry moved to Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell where he would remain the last nine years of his life, spending quality time with Rob and Nate. He was also happy to receive many different visitors.

Larry is survived by his sons, Rob and Nate; grandchildren: Luke, Aaron, Alex, and Nick; great-granddaughter, Frances; siblings: Ramona Bihlmeyer of Slidel, LA, Kathleen (Larry) Hintgen of Yankton, Mike Vetter of Sioux Falls, Terri (George) Kief of Scottsdale, AZ, and Mary (Ken) Cotton of Wagner; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Paul; his parents; sister, Rita Linn; brothers-in-law, John Linn and Earl Bihlmeyer; sister-in-law, Nancy Vetter; and nephew, Tony Hintgen.


Thursday, July 13, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Deb Barondeau on July 8, 2023
Nate and Rob my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Had the privilege of getting to know him his first four years while at Firesteel. He had so much love for the two of you. Those wonderful memories will always keep him close to you. Larry rest in peace.
Posted by Mark Bauer on June 30, 2023
Aunt Deanna, Nate and Rob,
So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing.
Always wish we had more time together.
Uncle Larry treated me kindly and like you mentioned, he had a jovial personality.
He will be missed.
Prayers too all of you.
Mark, Bonnie and family
Posted by Wendy Kayl on June 30, 2023
I'm so sorry Nature to hear of your dad's passing. I'm glad he is not suffering and can reunite with your brother. Thoughts and prayers to all the family
Posted by Deanna Hall on June 30, 2023
Thank you for giving me 3 wonderful boys. No more suffering! I hope you were met by Paul and your parents at the pearly gates. Rest in peace!
Posted by Mary Cotton on June 30, 2023
I will miss you, you Big Botch! Keep watching over us. Please intercede for us! I rejoice with you for your new home.
Posted by Rob Vetter on June 30, 2023
I love you Dad. I am so glad you are in a much, much better place.
Posted by George and Terri Kief on June 29, 2023
You are now with the Lord and at peace! Bless you in the eternal life!
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