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Jack Vetter

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Jack Vetter Obituary
Jack Walter Vetter , 87, was born January 3, 1924 in Ft. Wayne, IN and passed away April 9, 2011 at his residence in San Antonio. Prior to moving to San Antonio in August 2009, Jack was a resident of Houston for 61 years. He was the son of Lawrence E. Vetter and Helen Brunett Vetter. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Helen, his step-mother Wilma Paul Vetter, his wife Maurine B. Vetter, who died January 28, 1984, and brother-in-law, Delbert Auman.
He grew up in Ft. Wayne, IN where he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. After graduating from Southside High in 1942, Jack received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, New York. He graduated from Kings Point November 24, 1944. Capt. Vetter pursued a career at sea from the time of graduation until June 1955. He initially sailed as 3rd Mate working his way up to Chief Officer. Capt. Vetter attained his unlimited Master's License in 1952 which allowed him to command any US cargo vessel with unlimited tonnage worldwide. In June 1955 he came ashore to work for Lykes Brothers Steam Ship Company. Capt. Vetter was appointed a Houston Ship Channel Pilot in March 1957 and remained in that position until he retired January 3, 1991. Capt. Vetter was a veteran of WWII. He survived a U-Boat attack while serving on the liberty ship SS Matthew Maury. He received an Honorable discharge from the United States Coast Guard August 15, 1945. Capt. Vetter was a member of Roanoke Masonic Lodge 195 F. & A.M. of Indiana and a 50 yr member of the Scottish Rite and Arabia Shrine Temple of Houston.
He is survived by his sister Margaret Auman of La Conner, WA; daughter Lynn Rosenfeld and husband Denny of San Antonio; daughter Sandra Lettieri and husband Fred Lettieri of Houston; son Larry Vetter and wife Susan Vetter of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind friends in Houston and friends he made while living at The Laurels in San Antonio. He will be missed and remembered as a hard working, humble man, who loved and took care of his family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 7th, at 11:00am at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman, Houston TX 77004. "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43:1 (b). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Donor Relations, 6977 Main Street, Houston TX 77030-3701, or
First Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Published in Houston Chronicle on May 4, 2011
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