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Kevin D. ‘Eddie’ Vetsch, 49

Kevin Donald (“Eddie”) Vetsch, age 49, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

A celebration of Kevin’s life will take place today, Monday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with Father Kenneth O’Hotto as the celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.

There was a time of gathering Sunday, Dec. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Kevin’s 19 nieces and nephews are honorary casket bearers.

Casket bearers are Robin Hillmyer, Dave Olson, George Galatz, Duane Hofer, John Schlechter, and Bill Krause.

Kevin was born Dec. 18, 1963, in Buffalo, the youngest of six children born to Lloyd and Joan (Schlagel) Vetsch.

He attended school in Saint Michael, Howard Lake, and Hibbing, graduating from Howard Lake-Waverly High School in 1982. He then attended Anoka Technical College, where he received his electrical training.

Kevin worked for Muska Electric, and was a 27-year member of IBEW 292.

He was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

As a child, Kevin enjoyed riding dirt bike, spending time at his grandparents’ farm, spending time with friends, wrestling, and goofing around outside.

Kevin married Teri Stokes March 19, 1994. They were blessed with two amazing children, Alexa and Colton.

Kevin enjoyed being an electrician and had a very strong work ethic, but never put work ahead of his family. He enjoyed working around his home, visiting with friends, fishing, boating, an ice cold Pepsi, family road trips, Easter egg hunts, bowling, traveling to new states, strategizing fantasy football and baseball teams with his kids, going to Twins games, and following Minnesota sports teams.

He also enjoyed joking around with others and making them laugh, and he was truly a kid at heart.

Kevin was a very gentle, caring, and kind-hearted person, who would help anyone who needed it. He always put others first. He was very proud of his kids and enjoyed every minute spent with them – his family was truly the light of his life.

Kevin will be welcomed into heaven by his father, Lloyd; brother, Keith; brother-in-law, Jim Hirsch; and father-in-law, Bill Stokes.

He is survived by his wife, Teri; children Alexa and Colton, all of Cokato; mother Joan (Matt) Tholkes of Buffalo; brothers, sister, and sisters-in-law Brian (Marilyn) of Monticello, Bruce (Bonnie) of Elk River, Bill (Pat) of St. Michael, Brenda (Curt) Steurer of Elk River, and Julene Hirsch of Howard Lake; in-laws Shirley Stokes, Dan Stokes, and Kevin (Kelly) Stokes, all of Howard Lake; 19 nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends.

An amazing friend, husband, and father, Kevin will be forever missed by many, many people.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.