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.