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Nelvin Victor Fetzner


1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Nelvin Victor Fetzner Obituary
Fetzner, Nelvin Victor “Vic”; was born to Melvin and Katherine Fetzner July 20, 1919; passed away at Warwick Living Center Monday, May 5, 2014. As a young boy, he lived in Royal Oak, MI where he delivered papers to help provide for his family. He moved to Alma in 1939 and began working at the Kroger store where he met the love of his life, Naomi Stedman. They were married June 21, 1940 and had 5 children in their 64 years of marriage. Vic built a small grocery on Superior Street, which eventually became part of his house as he built the larger Vic’s Super Market on the corner of Superior and Republic. He always enjoyed working with people and was probably one of the first to allow people to buy groceries on credit. He also enjoyed delivering groceries to his customers. Vic loved a good smile and therefore put his motto on the sign in front of the store, “If you can’t stop, smile as you go by.” After closing the store he worked for an insurance company and also sold paper products to businesses on the west side of the state. Vic enjoyed working for Habitat for Humanity, and a group called the 29ers that traveled to different parts of the U.S. doing projects for churches and orphanages. He was a lifelong member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, a member of the Alma Elks Club, former City Commissioner and Vice Mayor of Alma. In his later years, Vic was on the board for Commission on Aging. He and Naomi proudly wore their Scottish Kilts for many Highland Festival events. Vic received an award for his many years of service with the Commission on Aging and a beautiful clock for his years of service from Gleaners. Vic had many hobbies including, reading, golfing, playing cribbage, bowling (before both knees were replaced), camping with Good Sam of which they were voted king and queen at the national convention. He enjoyed the Elks in Alma at the age of 90, making him the oldest person to ever join the Alma organization. He is survived by daughters, Margaret Fowler, Vicki (Doug) Aldrich; son, Rex (Terri) Fetzner; daughters-in-law, Norma (Frank) Henderleider and Katrinka Fetzner; 9 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Vic was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings; his wife of 64 years, Naomi; his son, Gary, son, John; and son-in-law, Ron Fowler. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Alma with Certified Lay Pastor Mary Kubin officiating. Interment will be held in Woodard Lake Cemetery, Ionia County. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lux and Whiting Funeral Chapel in Breckenridge. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Commission on Aging or the Breckenridge Library. The family would like to especially thank Dad’s girls at the Devita Dialysis, the people of Warwick Living Center, the drivers from Patient Locker and the people of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. To view Vic’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.luxfuneralhomes.com
Published in Morning Sun on May 7, 2014
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