Charles W. "Bill" Fetter Jr.

Dr. Charles W. "Bill" Fetter, Jr. of Hilton Head Island, SC, age 69, passed away peacefully at his summer home in Sayner, WI on September 10, after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Dayton, OH to the Rev. C.W. Fetter, Sr. and Grace H. Fetter, he was a graduate of DePauw University and earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He spent his professional career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as a Professor of Geology from 1971-1996, including 16 years as department chairman. Dr. Fetter was also an internationally recognized expert in hydrogeology, working on more than 200 national consulting projects in groundwater supply and contamination.

He is the award-winning author of Applied Hydrogeology, the standard textbook for university courses on the subject, which has been in continuous publication for more than 30 years. In tribute to the contribution his textbook has made to its field, Pearson Publishing and the Geological Society of America will award a hydrogeology scholarship in Dr. Fetter's name.

In his retirement, he enjoyed international travel and bicycling. He also continued his lifelong passion for boating, both on Plum Lake in Sayner WI, and as skipper of "Whisker" of Wexford Harbor in Hilton Head.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy B. Fetter, his sister Susan (Richard) Hedley of Naples, FL, and his three children and seven grandchildren: William (Barbara) Fetter (Katie, Sarah, Jacob) of St. Charles, IL, Robert Fetter (Sophie, Lila) of Ann Arbor, MI, and Elizabeth (Nathaniel) Gleason (Henry, Maggie) of Livermore, CA.

Remembrances will be limited to a private family gathering.

Memorial contributions may be made to either:

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation (designating the C.W. Fetter Endowed Research Fund), 842 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901-3551 ( , or

South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, 902 North Street, Beaufort, SC 29901 (

Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Sept. 15, 2011