Fredrick Vetters

January 7, 1955 – September 26, 2019

Fredrick Vetters

Fredrick E. Vetters passed away suddenly on September 26, 2019 in Bismarck, ND. He was 64.

Fred was born in Bremerton, WA January 7, 1955 to Virgil & Neva Vetters. He grew up in Port Orchard, WA then moved to Sequim, WA where he finished high school then joined the US Army at the age of 17. He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1980 as a Tank Commander. His military career took him to Germany then to Fort Lewis, WA. He then joined the 1st Battalion 803rd Armor Washington National Guard.

Fred met and fell in love with Cheryl L. Knudtzon. They were married June 6, 1980 in Poulsbo, WA. They created and shared an adventurous life together for 38 years & raised their three children. In 1984 they moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he was a sales rep for Northland Dairies-Darigold- He then was offered a Sales position with Phillip Morris, working in SE Alaska. A few years later, they moved back to Port Orchard, WA where he received his Real estate license and worked for Coldwell Banker Park Shore Realty. In 2002 they moved to Colville, WA where he worked in the timber business. In 2010 they moved to North Dakota where he worked in the Oil & Gas industry. Fred had many careers due to his love of adventure and travel.

Fred was a loving son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather & a good friend to many. He had a passion for hunting, fishing, boating, reading, playing horseshoes, bonfires, camping, skiing, riding his Harley, traveling and spending time with his family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents Virgil & Neva Vetters and his niece Carrie Ann Vetters-Salts. He is survived by his beloved wife Cheryl, his three children Fred II of Tacoma, WA, Jacquelyn of Gresham, OR and Travis of Sandpoint, ID. His sisters Roselyn Monaghan of Sun Lakes, AZ, Linda Vetters of Green Valley, AZ and Susan Gabryshak of Green Valley, AZ – 3 nephews, a niece, several cousins, 2 daughter- in-laws Kerry and Whitney and 3 grandchildren- Charlie, Parker and Paxson.

A Celebration of Life will be held June 6, 2020 in Sandpoint, ID at the Dover Bay Resort Homestead site from 11-4. The family can be reached at

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