Steven Roy Tschetter: 1960-2023
Steven Roy Tschetter was born on Oct. 27, 1960 to Calvin and Jeanette (Hofer) Tschetter in Huron, S.D. He was raised on a farm south of Doland, S.D. Steve received his education through the 12th grade at Doland Public School. He worked on the family farm during his high school years and for periods of time during his 20s. Steve attended the University of Northwestern in Roseville, Minn. He graduated with a certificate in automotive technology from Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, S.D.
Steve attended the Emmanuel Mennonite Church of rural Doland and professed his faith in Christ as his Savior at a young age. He was baptized and became a member of the church as a teenager. In recent years became a member of New Hope Baptist Church of Fayetteville, Ga.
Steve regarded his 25-plus year military service as an honor. He began his career in 1985, serving six years in the Military Police Corp. He was stationed in Germany for two years and then in The Presidio of San Francisco. Steve moved to Atlanta in 1993 and joined the US National Guard. He trained as a helicopter mechanic at Ft. Rucker, Alaska and was employed full time by the Guard working on Blackhawk helicopters. Steve’s Guard Unit was activated during Operation Enduring Freedom, providing support for Army helicopters at Ft. Hood, Texas. After serving several years in the Guard, Steve, was honorably discharged.
Being a “people person,” Steve was best remembered for his smile, light-hearted disposition and love for visiting with friends. Drag racing was a favorite hobby in his early years as he perfected his car for that split-second acceleration. Working with his hands brought him joy, starting/operating his own business, Busy Beever Tree Service.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his mother, Jeanette of Sioux Falls; sister Cindy (Steve) Ver Burg of Hartford; brother Daryl of Sioux Falls; three nieces, two nephews, three great-nieces, and a great-nephew. Left also to cherish his memory are his aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Steven passed away Oct. 12, 2023. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23 at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Doland. Interment will be held at a later date at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls.
The family prefers memorials to: Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Doland, and The Navigators Ministry (designated for those serving in the military).