Boyd Eldon Wetter
1925 - 2020
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July 19, 1925 ˜ December 18, 2020

Boyd was born in Lamberton, MN, the fourth child of Lawrence Hugo and Cleo Marie (Coomes) Wetter. When he was age 2, the family moved to Sebeka, MN, where Boyd attended country schools and graduated from Sebeka High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Durik DE666 in the Atlantic Theater. Boyd’s father died during the war, after which Boyd moved with his mother and three school-aged brothers to Shelton, WA.
Boyd married June Louise Wolden on June 4, 1950. They were blessed with seven children, Brian, of Vancouver, WA, Shelley and Margaret, both of Seattle, WA, Brent (Diane), of Dillingham, AK, Casey, of Orchards, WA, Carilyn (Bryan) Pederson, of Indio, CA, and Kari Madeline (deceased).
Boyd was employed by Simpson Logging Company, where he worked in Shelton, Seattle and in Kalamazoo, MI. After retiring from Simpson, Boyd had a second career managing an acoustical products warehouse in Portland, OR.
June passed away in January 1983. In February 1984, Boyd married Grace Elizabeth (Schmidtlein) Winters. Grace also has six children, making an even dozen between them. Grace’s children are Paula (Mike) Spence, Brush Prairie, WA, Melanie Winters, Vancouver, Lauana (Ron-deceased) Weber, of Red Bluff, CA, Tonia Gonzales, of Houston, TX, Wyatt (Barbara) Winters, of Richland, WA, Marla (Erik) Caesar, Vancouver. Boyd’s grandchildren are Samuel (Tonya) Wetter, Seattle, Hannah Wetter, Redmond, Emma and David Wetter, Dillingham; plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren through Grace. Boyd has one surviving brother, David Wetter, of Bellingham, WA.
Boyd served his church faithfully as a church officer for 47 consecutive years and taught Sunday school for 17 years. His faith and church family were an important part of his life and he was ready to meet his Father in heaven.
Boyd crossed the bar* on Dec. 18, 2020 (with Grace, Shelley, Melanie and Marla at his bedside), surrounded by love and sent to the Lord with a song. His cause of death was too many birthdays. Rest in peace. *Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Due to the pandemic, there will not be a memorial service at this time. If you wish to make a donation in Boyd’s memory, please give to Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie, WA, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 31, 2020.
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January 5, 2021
One of my favorite people has passed on. I will always be grateful that we had the chance to see (almost) the entire state of Minnesota together. I adored your wit, your sharp mind, and your deep opinions about which variety of corn is best for the Northwest. My other favorite relative, Grace Wetter is one of the best blessings in my life. Knowing Grace and Boyd has brought an element of love and joy that I feel immensely blessed to have been able to receive. So much love Grace and family, I am sending you hugs from afar.
Karen Ghio
January 2, 2021
Dearest Grace, Carilyn and Marla,
Thinking of you all and praying for comfort in knowing that Boyd is home with Jesus. He was the sweetest man and always had a kind and positive word. I know you must all miss him terribly. Love and miss you all.
Kristi (Simonson) Kotrous
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