Walter J. Bettin

Walter J. Bettin

TRIMONT — A Celebration of Life service for Walter J. Bettin, 87, of rural Trimont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont, with Pastor Anthony Christoffels officiating. Burial will be in the Sherburn Cemetery, Sherburn, Minn., with military honors by Thomas P. Saxton American Legion Post 356, Foster-Bernhardt American Legion Post 373 of Trimont, and the Sherburn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8261.

Walter was called to his eternal rest Thursday evening, Sept. 5, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, Minn. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com

Walter John Bettin was born July 15, 1932, in Jackson County, Minn., to Herman and Martha (Peterson) Bettin. He attended country school in Jackson County. On May 21, 1953, he entered the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. On May 4, 1955, he was honorably discharged.

On June 2, 1956, Walt was united in marriage to Joan Mae Sharp at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont. They lived in Sherburn, where Walt was employed for Carl Heiden Plumbing, and later was employed at John Morrell in Estherville until moving to a farm in rural Trimont in 1963. Walt lived on the farm in Galena Township until the day of his death. Joan died on Nov. 7, 2010.

Walt was a member of Waverly Lutheran Church and served on its church council as a trustee.

He was quartermaster of the Sherburn VFW Post 8261 and was one of the founders of the Sherburn Avenue of Flags. He had great respect for the American flag and taught his kids and grandkids that. Walt served on the honor guard for Sherburn VFW Post 8261 and also on Foster-Bernhardt American Legion Post 373 of Trimont. He helped cook burgers at the Sherburn Legion for Service Men’s Club.

Walt also operated the road grader for Galena Township for many years.

Walt had a gift for gab and could make a stranger a friend in minutes. He loved his children and grandchildren and took great pride in being a part of their lives. He loved fishing with his grandchildren, spoiling his cat Dory, and telling stories to his family and friends. Walt greatly enjoyed farming, raising cattle, hogs, chickens, corn, soybeans and sheep. No matter the task, he could always fix it. He lived his life to the fullest.

He is survived by his three children: daughter, Kari Anderson of rural Welcome, Minn., sons, Paul (Lisa) Bettin of Altoona, Iowa, Phil (Sheila) Bettin of rural Trimont; daughter-in-law, Dianne Bettin of rural Truman, Minn.; grandchildren, Adam (Christy) Anderson, Abby (Troy) Loveland, Tyler (Melanie) Bettin, Marisa Bettin, Brandon (Monica) Bettin, Kevin Bettin, Emily, Lindsey, Kiley and Kelley Bettin; great-grandchildren, Braelynn Bettin, Zachary Bettin, Brady Anderson, Brinley Anderson, Josie Loveland; sister Bette Stevens of Fairmont, Minn.; brother, Maynard Bettin of Fairmont; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan Bettin; son, Douglas Bettin; son-in-law, Duane Anderson; brothers, Willard and Lyle; and other relatives.