Edward Lee Vetter, 64, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014 after a 2 year battle with ALS. He was born on Nov. 13, 1949 in Hicksville, OH, the 2nd of 10 children to Cletus and Alice (Schimmoeller) Vetter. He graduated from Hicksville High School in 1967, and earned a Business Administration degree from St. Francis College, Ft. Wayne, IN in 1971. He was employed 30+ years in sales and marketing management first with Aro Corp. and then Dotco/Gardner Denver/ Cooper Industries. Due to his illness, he retired in 2012 from DataAge Corp. He is survived by his wife, H. Elaine Kimpel Vetter, whom he married on Sept. 21, 1974 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edgerton, OH. Over the years, Ed’s career resulted in moves to Michigan, South Carolina, Illinois, and Georgia. Each new state resulted in numerous wonderful memories and lifelong friends. Ed was a handyman and always had some kind of project going on. Some of his endeavors included building a 3 car garage, remodeling 2 foreclosed houses, countless work on family homes, craft projects, and toys for his children and grandchildren. Ed volunteered many hours for the non-profit organization, Homeworks, in Columbia, SC that did repair work for low income family homes. In 2006, Ed traveled with the group, for a week long project, to Covington, LA after Hurricane Katrina. Ed loved both watching and playing sports and participated on neighborhood tennis and recreational slow-pitch softball teams. He started pitching when he was 15 years old and gave it up at the age of 52 due to another sports injury. His hope was to convince his wife he could play again on a senior league once he retired. In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by his 3 children, Kevin (Jennifer) Vetter of Durham, NH, Karen (Bernie) Sotola of Alpharetta, GA, and Gary Vetter of Suwanee, GA; five grandchildren, Reagan, Sydney, and Brennan Vetter, and Katherine and Elizabeth Sotola; his parents, Cletus and Alice Vetter of Hicksville, OH; siblings Dan (Loraine) Vetter, Hicksville, OH, Beth (Tony) Shininger, Sherwood, OH, Mary (Leo) Shininger, Defiance, OH, Dennis (Sheryl) Vetter, Hicksville, OH, Tony (Cheryl) Vetter, Bowling Green, OH, Sharon (Tom) Streng, Indian Rock Springs, FL, Sue (James) Ball, Concord, OH, Larry (Amy) Vetter, Ft. Myers, FL, and Jeff (Marge) Vetter, St. Joe, IN; his mother-in-law, Ruth Kimpel of Edgerton, OH; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Vernon Kimpel and sister-in-law, Marcia Kimpel Meyer. Ed was a member of St Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, GA and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. The family will receive visitors at Wages & Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, GA on Thursday, February 27th from 2-4pm and 5-8pm with the rosary and prayer service at 7:30 pm that evening. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lawrenceville, GA on Friday, February 28th at 11am with the Reverend Al Jowdy officiating. Also, a Mass celebrating Ed’s life will be held at a later date at St. Michaels Church in Hicksville, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Foundation, 1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA 30329. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Homestead Hospice for their excellent care and to all the family and friends who have helped Ed deal with his illness.

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  1. Elaine and family, We are so sad for your loss. May the Lord take Ed’s soul right to heaven and put his loving arms around all of you. You are in our prayers. Love, Melody and Orville

  2. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a very kind and soft-spoken gentleman. He was also a wonderful co-worker and a great softball teammate. He pitched on our company’s team at Cooper Industries in South Carolina. I now know after reading his obituary why he was such a good pitcher. I’m sure he will be missed dearly. My condolences go out to his entire family. May God continue to bless us all.

  3. So sad for the loss of such a wonderful, caring individual. Ed will be missed. We are so thankful for all the memories of great times spent with him, Harriett, and the children over the years. He is at peace now and resting in the arms of our Lord. I am sure that he is already helping out in some type of construction that might be going on in heaven. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

  4. Karen, Bernie and girls- Im so sorry to hear about the loss of your father/father-in-law/grandfather. My family sends our thoughts and prayers during this time. The love you and your father shared was very apparent at your beautiful wedding and it left a great impression on me. Love to you all.

  5. Keeping you in our prayers Tony and your family.

    “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. “Matthew 11:28-30

    With deepest sympathy,
    John & Gretchen Mikolajczak
    Toledo, Ohio

  6. Tony and Family:

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…

    Keith & Sherri Hudson
    Toledo, Ohio

  7. My sincere sympathy and my prayers to all of the Vetter family in their loss of Ed. May you feel God’s comforting arms around you, and may your special memories be a comfort in coming days.

  8. To All of Ed’s family,
    I did not know him well, but the first day I met him was when we were celebrating Katherine’s first birthday. Lauren made the cake and we needed help getting it over to your house, Karen and Bernie. So, Ed walked over and helped carry it around the corner to your house! I feel blessed to have had other opportunites to get to know him better over the last few years. He has left a wonderful legacy in his family here on earth. May your memories bring a smile to your lips and warmth to your hearts. God bless all of you.

  9. Dear Beloved Pete and family,
    Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have cherished Ed’s and your friendship throughout the many years we have known you.
    Blessings-Ken and Bonnie

  10. Dear Pete and Family.
    Extending deepest sympathy, for you in your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you
    May happy memories carry you through this time of sorrow.
    Mike & Pat Caldie

  11. Prayers for all of you at this sad time. May God give you comfort through all of your precious memories…
    Dan and Jenny Turnbull

  12. May you find comfort in God’s love at this time of darkness, may the Lord guide your way & the comfort of His Love help you through each day.

    With Sympathy,
    Gordie & Dot

  13. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. May his family find the peace and strength they need at this time. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Pete, and children, Nira and I were so sorry to hear about Ed. The first we knew of the disease was your card last year acknowledging our 60th wedding anniversary. We just didn’t think it had progressed to this stage, and I still don’t know how to contact you. Hope to see you when the celebration of life Mass is in Hicksville.
    Nick and Nira

  15. We are truly saddened to hear about Ed’s struggle and untimely passing. He was as nice and kind a man as I have ever had the pleasure to know. For Elaine and the family no words of ours can convey our feelings well. Just know that as time goes by, the sadness and sorrow will retreat and you will remember the joy and happiness Ed blessed you with during your time together. Prayers to all.
    Mark and Ramona

  16. You and your family have my deepest sympathy for your loss. The Bible promises the resurrection hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. (John 5:28, 29)

  17. Elaine and Family – I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Ed. I am just know learning that he passed away in Feb., I was reading St. Peters Bulletin and seen a mass dedicated to Ed on May 25th. It seems like yesterday he was helping me make my journey to become Catholic, rest assured that the wonderful man known as Ed Vetter is looking over you all with a big smile. Love the Wing Family……

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