Robert Henry Hetland, Sr


September 20, 1922 - September 30, 2008




Robert Henry Hetland, Sr. was born September 20, 1922 on the home place near Artesian, SD to Henry H. and Anna (Tysdal) Hetland.  He grew up on the family farm, attending country school and graduating from Artesian High School in 1940.  He farmed with his family north of Artesian.  On November 30, 1947, he married Arlis Knutson in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

 He continued to farm on the homestead his whole life.  He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Artesian where he served on the church council and was the head usher for many years.  Also, he served as a Benedict Township Board Member and was a member of the Elks for years.  Family was always first with Bob.  He loved raising cattle, riding horses, and motorcycles.  Work was his hobby.

 He is survived by his wife, Arlis; five children:  Sally Larimer & husband Al, Sioux Falls, SD, Betty Marler and husband, Dennis, Maple Grove, MN, Bobbie Dold and husband, Tom, Howard, SD, Julie Scott and husband, Jon and Robert Hetland, Jr. and wife, Jane all of Artesian, SD; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Verna Lyons, Mitchell SD.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, David Jon Scott.



Friday, October 3, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saint Charles Catholic Church
Prayer Service ~ 6:00 PM
Artesian, South Dakota


Saturday, October 4, 2008
10:30 AM
Saint Charles Catholic Church
Artesian, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Jacki Florey on October 3, 2008
Arlis and family,
I am really going to miss Bob and his contagious smile and laughter but we all know his memory will live forever. Just remember these words: God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered "come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
All our love,
The Florey's
Posted by Vonita Gardner and Riley Connor on October 2, 2008
Our thoughts are prayers and with you all.
God Bless You.
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