Bonnie Vetter

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie Vetter, 75, of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Chuck Kellogg will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Private family graveside services will be held prior to the funeral service.

Mrs. Vetter passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Spencer Hospital.

Bonnie Lee Vetter, the daughter of Harold Lee and Irene (Brumley) Louscher, was born on Sept. 29, 1935, in Harris, Ia. She graduated from Lake Park High School. On Valentine's Day the following year, Feb. 14, 1954, she married her high school sweetheart, Gene Paul Vetter. To this union four children were born: Brad, Terry, Todd and Jill. After living in Storm Lake and Council Bluffs, Ia. and Salt Lake City, Utah, the couple settled in Spencer, Ia. in 1968. Upon their arrival to Spencer they began their family-owned and operated business, Vetter Moving & Storage. It truly was a family business in that every member of the family contributed. They still laugh and share stories of those early years. As a business owner, Bonnie joined the Spencer Chamber of Commerce and later served on the Spencer City Council. Bonnie and Gene became members of the Iowa Movers and Warehousemen's Association where Bonnie served as the Secretary for years and served a term as President. Bonnie later chaired the Midwest Group of the Independent Moving & Storage Agents, covering IA, NE, MN, MO, IL, SD, ND and KS. With the experience and knowledge she gained from these organizations she was appointed a commissioner to the Iowa Department of Transportatiion by Governor Branstad in 1992, serving from 1992 - 2000 and was elected chairman in 1999, by the Board of Commissioners. Bonnie was also an active member of the Iowa Motor Truck Association and in 1997 was appointed as the first, and only, Woman President. Bonnie also served on the Iowa Transportation Museum Board.

In addition to her service commitments, Bonnie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Choir and of the Clef Club. Bonnie was an amazing seamstress and had a passion for cooking and entertaining. She always set a beautiful table. Bonnie played a mean game of Bridge and loved the challenge of a good round of golf. Bonnie was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.

Grateful for having shared her life is her husband, Gene Vetter of Spencer; her children: Brad Vetter and his wife, Cindy of Dallas, Texas, Terry Vetter and his wife, Katherine of Kalama, Wash., Todd Vetter and his wife, Lana of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Jill (Vetter) Vuchetich and her husband, John of Minneapolis, Minn.; her 10 grandchildren: Molly, Megan, Spencer, Christian, Amelia, Tess, Karl, Brooklyn, Ryan and Nina; her brother, Kent Louscher and his fiancÚ, Donna of Brookline, Mass.; and sister, Doan Luc of Parsippany, New Jersey.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.