Wilbert “Walleye Willie” David Hetland of Browerville, Minnesota entered the Big Hunting Stand in the Sky at the age of 74. He fought lung cancer and won one battle but lost the war on September 20, 2012. He was at home in the presence of his children Paul and Kelly and his wife Jeanette. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, 12 noon, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Browerville with Father Peter VanderWeyst officiating. Interment was held at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery, Browerville.
Willie was born in Round Prairie on September 10, 1938 and was the son of Bill and Esther Hetland of Eagle Bend. His aunt was May S. Randa of New York Mills. He had three sisters: Mildred (Ralph) Schlueter, Beverly (Lee) Johnson, and Verona (Dick) Porter. He grew up on a farm and stayed in the dairy business his whole life. He served his country in Vietnam in the U.S Army’s 25th Infantry Division and he served his community as a firefighter and delivered Meals on Wheels.
He was the janitor of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and dug graves in the cemetery where he will be buried – Christ the King Cemetery. He married his soul mate Jeanette Terhaar on August 4, 1971. Together they had two children Paul (Mary) Hetland of Cold Spring and Kelly (Mike Bollinger) Hetland of Brainerd, and two granddaughters Kathleen and Claire Hetland and many grandpets.
Willie loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. His tales and laughter filled every conversation. He loved his family with all his heart and he is now in a happy place without hunting restrictions or fishing limits.
Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville.