(6-18-14) William H. Vetrone, 84, of N11393 Old Stage Road, Alma Center, passed away Wednesday evening, January 29, 2014 at Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls.
William Henry Vetrone, son of Michele and Vila (Ashley) Vetrone was born April 23, 1929 in Red Granite, Wisconsin. As a child he attended school in Wood County, graduating in 1945. From 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1948 he served in the United States Navy. Bill was united in marriage to Vivian Bertha Herron on Jan. 22, 1949 in Wautoma. The couple lived for a time in Red Granite before moving to Wisconsin Rapids, later to Neillsville, and in 1975 they moved to their present home in Garden Valley Township, rural Alma Center. After Bill returned from the service he had worked at the paper mill in Biron, WI and for Glebke's Dairy in Wisconsin Rapids. In 1958 he purchased his own milk route which he operated until 1985, and then worked for Wisconsin Dairies (Ludeman's Dairy), working for them until his retirement . Bill also hauled grain for area farmers. During his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing and took great pride in taking care of his lawn. He will be dearly missed by his 4 sons, William Jr. (Jan) Vetrone of Merrillan, James (Audrey) Vetrone of Kalispell, MT, Edward Vetrone and Timothy Vetrone both of rural Alma Center: daughter, Deborah (Mike) Laufenberg of Hixton; 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 10 siblings. On Feb. 24, 2011, he was preceded in death by Vivian, his wife of 62 years, 1 month and 2 days, he was also preceded in death by his 2 granddaughters, Rebecca Vetrone and Kari Laufenberg, his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, with the visitation on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alma Center, with military rites conducted by Alma Center area veterans .