Emil Vetsch

July 23, 1951-Sept. 7, 2019

Emil Donavon “Donny”

“Tramp” Vetsch, 68, Balta,

died in an accident that

occurred near Esmond,

North Dakota on Satur-

day, September 7, 2019.

Donny was born in Rug-

by on July 23, 1951 to

Emil Charles and Florence

Alice Massine Vetsch. He

was raised on a farm near

Balta. He attended Notre

Dame Academy in Willow

City and graduated from

Balta High School in

1969. Donny continued

his education at North

Dakota State School of

Forestry in Bottineau and

Devils Lake Junior Col-

lege. Shortly after college

he joined the United

States Army and served in

Korea for over a year. He

was discharged as a Spe-

cialist 4 after being award-

ed the National Defense

Service Medal, Armed

Forces Expeditionary

(Korea) Medal, Army

Commendation Medal

and Marksmanship Badge.

After Donny returned

from Korea, he obtained

Certification as a mechan-

ic from the Advance

Schools in Chicago. Dur-

ing his life he worked in

steel construction,

mechanics, small engine

repair and helping area

farmers. He was a man of

many talents and trades.

His greatest talent was be-

ing able to fix anything

with an engine. Donny

was a gentle soul with a

huge heart and wonderful

laugh. He will be remem-

bered as always there to

offer a hand to get a job

done. As a proud veteran

he found time to help

raise a niece and Kenny

for several years. He loved

to “visit” where ever he

was, pick wild berries,

fishing and watching the

sun set. He found his

greatest peace when rid-

ing motorcycle. He would

help anyone, anytime and

would forgo his own

needs at times to help oth-


He is survived by: his

daughter, Jamie Vetsch

and Kyle Lundin –

Bismarck, and his special

friend, Sandy Miller. He

leaves one grandson,

Noah Lundin and one sis-

ter Bonnie (Clark) Maier

– Bismarck and a brother,

Randall Vetsch –

Bismarck. He also leaves

several cousins and


He was preceded in

death by: his parents and


Memorial services will

be held at Our Lady of

Mount Carmel Catholic

Church in Balta on Fri-

day, September 13, 2019

at 11:00 A.M. Military

honors will be provided

by the Clarence Larson

Post #23 American Le-

gion and the North Dakota

Military Funeral Honors


Burial will follow at Mt.

Carmel Cemetery – Balta.

Memorials are wel-

comed to Mt. Carmel

Church and Mt. Carmel


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