Harold Fetzer


(Feb. 6, 2008)

Services were held Monday, Feb. 11 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell for Harold Fetzer, 81, who died Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Powell Valley Hospital.

Harold was born Dec. 23, 1926, on the family farm in Kulm, N.D., to August and Caroline (Rassler) Fetzer. He was the second of two children.

The Fetzers moved to Wyoming in 1934 and homesteaded in the Whistle Creek area southeast of Powell. Harold attended school in Powell.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Ft. Riley, Kans.  He shipped out to Japan and was a member of the 188th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division.  His division was sent to help clean up the devastation caused by the second World War. He was discharged from the army at Camp Beale, Calif.

Upon Harold's return to Powell, he married Jessie Goff. He was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Willwood Irrigation District and the Park County Road and Bridge Department. It was his desire to return to his roots that led to his farming career on Heart Mountain. To Harold and Jessie's union, six children were born: Sandra, Larry, Dean, Carrie, Lorrie  and Debra.

Harold is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jessie; son, Larry (Kay) Fetzer of Gillette; daughters Sandra (Larry) Hawley of Deming, N.M., Carrie (David) Walsh of Cody and Lorrie Tate of Powell; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a half-brother, Delbert (Sandy)Fetzer, and half-sister, Sharon (Bill) Christensen, both of Powell; step-brother, Floyd (Dorothy) Podoll of Billings, Mont.; step-sisters, Arlene Ewalt of Powell and Verna McCaffrey of Arkansas, and special nephews, Jim Connor, Gary Connor and Tim Connor; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dean; his daughter, Debra LaMar; his parents; and his sister, Alice Connor.

Cremation has taken place, with a memorial service to be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Harold Fetzer Memorial at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell. Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of the services.