Arthur S. Getter, Viroqua, WI (1921-2014)
June 20, 1921 - April 17, 2014
Arthur S. Getter, 92, of Viroqua, WI, passed away peacefully with family at his side, April 17, 2014, at Bethel Nursing Home in Viroqua. Arthur was born June 20, 1921, in Viroqua, WI, son of James and Luzella Getter. He grew up on the family farm, graduating from Viroqua High School in 1939, where he earned a golden glove award for boxing; he continued his education at Wisconsin Business University in LaCrosse, graduating in 1940. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1942 until 1946; after which, he worked in Tulsa, OK, in the Engineering Department of the U.S. Engineers; thereafter, working at the Los Alamos Nuclear Plant as a War Assets Administrator. While living and working in Santa Fe, NM, Arthur married Maria Lopez Jan. 30, 1949. Subsequently, they resided in Rockford, IL; Arthur working at National Lock, where he was a Union Steward until moving in 1954, to Viroqua, to help with the family farm. In 1957, Arthur and Maria and their two children moved to Rochelle, IL, where Arthur worked 29 years at Del Monte as a Quality Control Inspector, also serving as recording secretary for the local union office, until retiring in 1986; at which time, he and Maria moved back to Viroqua.
Arthur had an inquisitive mind and was an avid reader, becoming self-educated in many areas of expertise. He was particularly good with math and had a sharp memory. His interests included current events, history, science, auto mechanical repair and gardening to name a few. He was an avid sports fan: Enjoying watching football, baseball and boxing.
Arthur is survived by his two children, Marita (Gary) Johnson of Janesville, WI, and Jerome (Carol) Getter of Oak Park, IL; one grandson, Aaron S. Johnson of Elk Grove Village, IL; and a sister-in-law, Doris (Walter) Getter of Loves Park, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria in 2008; his brother, Walter; and his parents.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Lucas Readinger, M.D., Tamsen Morgan, PA-C, the staff at Maplewood Assisted Living, and the 2nd floor staff at Bethel Home Nursing for their care and support over the years.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 10 until 11 a.m. at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 400 Congress Ave., Viroqua, WI, Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m. Monsignor Francis Abuah Quansah will officiate. Burial will be at Liberty Pole Cemetery with full military honors presentation and luncheon to follow.
Arthur had a compassionate heart and was devoted to charities such as Disabled Veterans, The American Diabetes Association, and Native American Youth. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the above charities would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be offered at www.vossfh.com. VOSSETEIG-LARSON FUNERAL HOMES (608-637-2100 for funeral info) Viroqua, WI, is serving the family.