Edward H. Vetter
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ELIOT, Maine - Edward H. Vetter, 92 of State Road in Eliot, died suddenly on Sunday July 28, 2013 at his home. Born on November 12, 1920, in Portsmouth, he was a son of Charles F. and Beatrice (Gardner) Vetter. He was raised in and attended local schools in Portsmouth, graduating from Portsmouth High School in 1939.
He began a career at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard which was interrupted by his service in the United States Army Air Corps proudly serving as a Sergeant in World War II. He later returned and retired from Shop 99 at the PNSY in 1972, after thirty one years of service.
Ed met and later married his loving wife of sixty three years Helen "Ruth" Lukens Vetter. Together they have made a home, raised a family and have been active members of the Eliot Community for fifty eight years.
He was very active in his community and throughout the Seacoast. Known affectionately as Eliot's Historian, he wrote three books; "A view of Eliot's Past", "Brickyards in Eliot" and "Monuments and Plaques in Eliot". An active member and past president of the Eliot Historical Society he worked with the local schools, teaching local history, and sharing his talent as a photographer and woodworker with the students.
Ed was a talented photographer capturing and preserving many historical events and locations, he enjoyed woodworking and gardening, and was an active amateur radio operator and computer tech, including the Ham Echo Link. He operated under the sign W1DXP beginning in 1954.
An avid out of doors man he enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting. He was a member of the Piscataqua Rifle and Pistol Club in Portsmouth, the South Berwick Rod and Gun Club and the NRA. He shared his love of the out of doors as an active Scouting Volunteer; he served on the Daniel Webster Council, and the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America.
He was a nearly seventy year Mason as member of St. John #1 in Portsmouth, a charter member of the William Pit Tavern Lodge #1789 of Portsmouth and supporter of many Masonic charities.
Ed was a tireless worker at the First Congregational Church of Eliot United Church of Christ for many years, a past Director and Radio Operator for Eliot Civil Defense, past member of Friends of the William Fog Library, past member of the Eliot Volunteer Fire Department and former Secretary of the department. He was a member of the Eliot American Legion Post #188 of Eliot and was honored to receive Eliot's Citizen of the Year "Fabyan Drake Award" in 1987.
Ed enjoyed restoring and showing antique automobiles he was a past member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Profile Automobile League, Model "A" Restorers Club, the Original Jeepsters Club, and was a founding member of the Southern Region of the "MOALS" Maine Obsolete Auto League in 1963.
In 1963 Ed worked with the State of Maine Governor Reed, the Colonel of the Maine State Police Col. Marx and Trooper Don Nichols to institute the first vanity motor vehicle registration program in Maine; he was given ELIOT as a registration plate which he still used today.
Above all he will be dearly missed as a wonderful community member, neighbor, friend and most notably family man, who adored his wife, loved and supported his children, grand and great grandchildren. He will be missed by his wife Helen "Ruth" Vetter of Eliot, sons; David and his wife Cathy Vetter of South Berwick, Norman and his wife Stacia Vetter of Rochester, Scott and his wife Kathy Vetter of Eliot, a daughter Diane and her husband Steven Wanager of Lebanon, Maine, and daughter-in-law Diane Vetter of Lebanon, Maine, grandchildren April Vetter Eastman, Shelly Vetter, Aaron Picard, Rebekah Vetter Morrill, Samuel Vetter, Meghan Vetter, Jake Vetter; Scott Vetter, Lynne Vetter McGreevey, Lori Hanscom Langevin, Robert Hanscom, Patrick Hanscom; Christy Wanager; Keith Vetter and Rachel Vetter Redfearn, twenty six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Edward H. Vetter Jr, grandson David R. Vetter, a brother Charles F. Vetter and a sister Laura E. Hersey.
A funeral will be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the First Congregational Church of Eliot, United Church of Christ on State Road at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman officiating. Friends may visit with Ed's family on Friday from 5-7 p.m. with Masonic honors beginning at 5 p.m. in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home 125 Old Post Road Kittery Maine 03904. Family flowers only, donations may be made in his memory to the "Pastors Discretionary Fund", for community support at the First Congregational Church of Eliot, United Church of Christ 1361 State Road Eliot, Maine 03903. Care for the Vetter Family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home
125 OLD POST RD
Kittery, ME 03904-1064
Published in Fosters from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2013