Scott Richard Vettel

scott vettel

May 9, 1966 ~ October 27, 2022

Born in: Crookston, MN
Resided in: Caledonia, ND

Scott Richard Vettel, “Earl” to many friends, passed away on October 27, 2022, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, after suffering a heart attack at the age of 56. Scott was born to Richard and Darlene (Orvik) Vettel on May 9, 1966, in Crookston, Minnesota, and lived most of his life in the historic Vettel family home in Caledonia, North Dakota. After graduating from Hillsboro High School, he attended the University of North Dakota and served in the United States Army. Scott began working for Sky Tractor in Hillsboro in 1986, first as a flagger, then loader, and finally as a GPS repair technician. He was also an elite dart thrower, bringing his teams to many tournament championships. Scott loved sports, playing both football and baseball in his youth, and remaining a faithful fan to the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Cardinals throughout his life.

To his family, even to his two sisters, he was always “Uncle Scott.” He had become an uncle at the age of twelve when his niece Angelica was born, and he continued to perfect that role as another niece, two nephews, two great-nieces, and two great-nephews arrived. Scott’s family adored him. To his sisters, he was always their baby brother, and the best brother ever, and he doted on his nieces and nephews, always sneaking them candy and encouraging them to have fun, especially if it meant breaking the rules.

Scott was also blessed with wonderful friends. Many childhood friends remained friends for the rest of his life, a testament to his loyalty, faithfulness, devotion, and generosity. He would come up with unique and clever nicknames for almost everyone, including the many dogs and cats he cared for and loved over the years. In fact, Scott’s wit and intelligence were legendary, as was his acute memory. He could beat almost anyone at Jeopardy, and he was especially fond of history, able to pull up obscure dates and events, and even list the US presidents in order. Scott always said he wished he had lived in a simpler era, being especially drawn to the 1700’s, yet at the same time, he lived in the moment, not worrying about the future nor regretting the past. Although humble, Scott had a natural-born confidence, even at a young age. He always lived life on his own terms, never trying to be someone he wasn’t, thus earning admiration and respect from all who knew him.

Scott is survived by his sisters, Patricia (Richard) Vettel-Becker, and Deanne (Joseph) Mohr; his nieces, Angelica (Michael) Nelson, and Shoshana (Justin) Howley; his nephews, Richard Mohr and Jordan Mohr; his great-nieces, Annika Nelson and Serena Howley; his great-nephews, Dylan Howley and Remington Howley; his uncles Kenneth (Delores) Vettel and Jerome Orvik; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, his uncles Pat Vettel and Roger Orvik, and his aunts Betty Nelson and Mary Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, Scott’s family encourages you to donate to the Caledonia Cemetery Perpetual Fund (Checks can be mailed to 211 Main St, Caledonia, ND 58219), the Traill County Historical Society, or to your local animal shelter.


Memorial Service - Friday: November 11, 2022 3:00 pm

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
503 3rd St SE
Hillsboro, ND 58045

Celebration of Life: November 11, 2022 4:30 pm

Goose River Brewery
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Caledonia Cemetery
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  1. Hugs to the family and all of Scott’s friends. He will be missed dearly. Lots of memories with Scott growing up in Hillsboro!!

  2. The memory of Scott that makes me laugh is from prom planning either 1983 or 1984. Off the cuff he says, “we could have red and pink colors and have the prom song Back in the USSR.” It was hilarious. Very special guy. Sorry to the family for your loss.

  3. My baby brother Scott was such an integral part of my life that I can’t imagine living a life without him in it. He was a loyal and devoted brother, uncle, and son. We lost our mother when he was only nineteen, then he lived with our grieving father for another 13 years as a loving son and faithful companion. I am so grateful for that. Scott was one of a kind and was beloved by so many. I pray he is at peace and with our Mom and Dad now. I look forward to being reunited with him in the afterlife. My love for you is eternal, Scott.

  4. I grew up with Scott in Caledonia. All the kids in the neighborhood wanted to hang out with him because he had a 3 wheeler which was the coolest and he would give us rides. He was always the nicest guy and he will be missed. Condolences to his family

  5. My heart goes out to the Vettel family. I always think of Scotty when I reminisce about the years I lived in Caledonia. We would not see each other very often, but when we did, it was like we were still best friends in kindergarten. You will be forever missed my dear friend!

  6. Oh I am sorry to hear about Scott. I lived in Caledonia until I graduated and baby-sat for Patty, Deanne and Scott. I was a good friend of Darlenes and the whole family was good to me. God Bless the family and my prayers are with you.
    Love Sandy (Floberg) Nohr

  7. My late husband Kevin saw Earl as one of his best friend’s. Once together they transport a juvenile, for an agency I was working for, to Nebraska. By the end of the trip Earl had put enough constructive fear into the kid, and our agency never heard anything regarding the kid again, which was a good thing. Still hope to make the funeral on Friday, however if I’m unable to I wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Memorial gift in memory of Earl has been given to Cats Cradle Rescue of Fargo North Dakota.
    Cindy, Jesse, Troy Hansen

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