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Stanley Vetsch 02/23/2024

Stanley “Stan” Vetsch, of New Richmond, WI went to meet the Lord on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Hammond Health Services with his family at his side.

Stan was born January 20, 1947 in Caledonia, MN to John and Anna (Pederson) Vetsch.  He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Stan graduated from Caledonia High School in 1965 and from Winona State University in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.  In 1975 he earned a master’s degree in biology and in 1983, he attained an additional Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science, both from UW-River Falls.

Stan married Sharon Groth on September 1, 1968, at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Winona MN.

He served in the military from 1970 to 1971 as a US Army Security Agency Military Policeman.

Stan taught Science and Biology in the New Richmond, WI public schools.  He also taught Plant Science and Environmental Studies at UW-River Falls, after which he pursued a technical diploma from WITC-NR and worked as a machinist.

Stan is preceded in death by his parents, brothers James and Don, sister Doris, and one nephew.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon of New Richmond, his daughter Jennifer (Mick) Lariviere, of Stillwater, and his grandchildren Ivy, Coral, and Ezra Lariviere.  He is also survived by his mother-in-law, several brothers and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stan loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, gardening, bird watching and photography. He was most content while at his secluded cabin in the woods which he proudly and joyfully shared with friends and family.  Stan will be remembered for his love of nature and his hard-working, inventive spirit.

Visitation for Stan was at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 South Knowles Avenue) in New Richmond, Wisconsin on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 5:00-7:00PM.  Memorial service was on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 11:00AM at Salem Lutheran Church (14940 62nd Street North) in Stillwater, Minnesota with visitation starting at 10:00AM.

Click here to watch the recording of Stan’s Memorial service

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Joy Knutson Posted February 25, 2024 8:07 pm

    I remember him in high school. Sorry for your loss

  • Lori (Roe) Vedders Posted February 26, 2024 1:03 am

    He was my biology teacher during my sophmore year. Prayers to the family.

  • Al Kvitek Posted February 27, 2024 3:56 pm

    My son Jesse & I have enjoyed our hunting friendship with Stan. We loved planning each years hunt with grooming the trails & making repairs to the deer stands. Stan was always a go getter & loved riding his 4-wheeler through the woods. He enjoyed making trail signs & was very organized with his trail maps.
    He always enjoyed hearing the story after a deer was harvested & took many pictures & documented the events for each year.
    RIP Stan, that next big buck is in memory of your love for the hunt!

  • Richard Traynor Posted March 8, 2024 12:44 pm

    Brent and I hunted with Stan for over 30 years. Whenever a deer was shot, we would all get together and trail it, some short and some longer. Each was an adventure and every deer a trophy. In the evenings we would watch movies and Stan would share Coon hunting stories with his dog on the Farm as well raising potatoes and selling them at the local grocery store. Thanks for all the memories, Stan.

  • Charli King Posted April 9, 2024 10:50 am

    So sorry for your loss Sharon, may the good memories stay with you always!

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