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Dr. Edwin J. Tschetter

Dr. Edwin J. Tschetter, age 71, of Huron, died Thursday, December 7, 2006, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. His funeral service was 10:30 AM Monday, December 11th at Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church with the Rev. Kendall Carlson officiating. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Dr. Edwin John Tschetter was born to Paul P. and Barbara J. (Gross) Tschetter, March 7, 1935, on a farm 7 1/2 miles southwest of Bridgewater. He attended a one-room country school in McCook County for the first grade and most of the second grade. He moved with his family to Bridgewater in February 1943. Edwin graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1953, and from Freeman Junior College in the one-year teacher education program in 1954, and the two-year program in 1957. In 1963, he received in Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield and a Master of Science degree in elementary school administration from Northern State College in 1968. After five summers and one full year of study, he earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from the University of Wyoming in 1974.

Edwin enlisted in the Army National Guard on April 27, 1957, at Parkston, South Dakota. He served on active duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from July 26, 1957, to January 25, 1958. He and two of his good friends, Vernon Hofer and Eldon Wollmann, enlisted at the same time. Edwin was granted an honorable discharge from the military on April 26, 1963.

Edwin accepted Christ as his personal savior as a teenager and was baptized on October 5, 1952, along with his sister, Darlene, by Rev. Albert Ewert, and became a member of the Neu Hutterthal Mennonite Church. On April 17, 1965, during special meetings conducted by Rev. Vernon Duerkson at the Neu Hutterthal Church, Edwin received the assurance of salvation and dedicated his life to the Lord. In 1974, he transferred his membership to the Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church in Huron.

Edwin taught two years in one-room country schools, one year (1954-55) in Turner County and one year (1955-56) in McCook County, the same school he attended as a first and second grader. He taught sixth grade at Salem, South Dakota from 1958-1969, and the last eight years he also served as elementary principal. From 1969 until his retirement in 1997, he taught at Huron College/Huron University, where he was Director of Elementary Education. In addition to teaching, he had various other responsibilities over the years, including Chairman of the Professional Studies Division, Head of the Education Department, Acting Dean of the School of Arts & Science, Education & Human Services, and from 1985-1989, Dean of Academic Affairs. Edwin loved teaching and often stated he enjoyed going to work in the morning.

Edwin was a lifetime member of the South Dakota Education Association. During his professional career he also had membership in several professional organizations including National Education Association, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Delta Kappa, South Dakota Associations in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and the International Reading Association. Each year while at Huron University, he was campus advisor for South Dakota National Education Association - Student Program (Education Club). He also served as faculty sponsor/advisor for Pi Gamma Mu many years.

Edwin was selected Teacher of the Year for 1981-82, and Colleague of the Year in 1991-92 and 1993-94. On March 18, 1994, he was surprised at an appreciation dinner in his honor for 25 years of service to Huron University. He also received a citation for his 25 years at the 1994 commencement ceremony. In Fall 1994, he was selected to be one of the grand marshals for the Huron University homecoming parade. In 1996 and again in 1998, he was named to the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" list. On November 22, 1997, he was bestowed the honor of Professor Emeritus at the Huron University fall commencement. On October 3, 1998, he was inducted into the Huron University Athletic Hall of Fame as a contributor.

Edwin was also active in his church. He taught Sunday school for many years, beginning as a teenager and he served as Sunday school superintendent for several years. He was on the deacon board and church council for 12 years, and for three of those years, he also served as the church moderator. He was a counselor for both the Bill Glass and the John Wesley White crusades and also sang in the mass choir for the John Wesley White Crusade. He was thrilled to hear Franklin Graham preach in the Huron Arena. Edwin sang in the men's chorus and church choir for many years. He was chairman of the 50th anniversary steering committee for the Mt. Olivet Church (1995) and was the coordinator of the 50th anniversary church history book.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Gross and Elsie S. Wipf; and a brother, David S. Tschetter.

He is survived by his brothers, Paul S. Tschetter of Bridgewater, Solomon (Edna) Tschetter of Huron, Melvin (LaVonne) Tschetter of Freeman; his sisters, Marie Hayes of North Carolina, Susie (Wilmer) Bunger of Emery, Darlene (Victor) Schaeffer of Yankton, Evelyn (Kenneth) Wallmann of Huron, Diane (Orval) Graber of Winner and Judy (Allen) Schofield of Chamberlain; and one aunt, Sarah Glanzer of Marion.