Arthur “Art” D. Hettinger

Arthur “Art” D. Hettinger
Date of Birth: December 14, 1961
Died on: June 25, 2018

Pierre, SD-Memorial service for Arthur “Art” D. Hettinger, 56, of Pierre and formerly of Aberdeen will be 1:30 pm, Monday, July 2, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Chapel in Aberdeen. Rev. Dr. Jeff Whillock will officiate.

Inurnment will be in Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.

Art died June 25, 2018 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre.

Arthur Dale Hettinger, son of Wilmer Duane and Jane Faye (Nelson) Hettinger was born December 14, 1961 at Greeley, CO. His family moved to Rapid City, SD and in the summer of 1974, they moved to Aberdeen. Art attended Lincoln Public School and Adjustment Training Center (Aspire). He later worked at the food court in the Aberdeen Mall and at Adjustment Training Center. In 2009, Art and his dad, Duane, moved to Pierre to be closer to family and the Missouri River.

Art enjoyed fishing with his dad, and bowling and competing in the Special Olympics. He had many friends and enjoyed his Diet Coke. Art was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Grateful for having shared Art’s life are his father, Duane Hettinger of Pierre; brother, Will (Kathy) Hettinger of Pierre and sister, Wendy (Wes) Otheim of Hartford, SD.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane (8-19-2007).

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to South Dakota Special Olympics, 800 E. I-90 Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.


  1. Bev Petersen says:

    My sympathies to your family as you go through this difficult time. Art was such a wonderful guy – I will always remember him with his smile that could light up a room, his gentle spirit, and his positive energy! He truly was and will continue to be an inspiration to us all to remind us to appreciate the every day things! I feel honored to have known him. Hugs to you Wendy, I am praying for you and your family.

  2. Sue Hylle says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Please let me know if I can do anything for you, Will and Kathy and all of the family.

  3. Steve and Jane Naylor says:

    Sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you.

  4. Audrey Anderson says:

    I am sad for you, my Hettinger family friends. I am happy for Jesus and Jane to be welcoming Artie home. I remember him as loving Bethlehem Lutheran Church and all the friends he had there. He always seemed to love spending time helping with some project with his friends. I still remember how happy he and your family were on his confirmation day. God is so good and may he comfort you all with peace and joy. Your love and fun with Artie was a great inspiration and ministry to others.
    A sister in Christ, Audrey Anderson

  5. Ross and Diane Johnson says:

    I’m so sad to here Art has passed away. I will always remember his positive attitude. He was a role model for all people. I know you will miss him a lot. May God bless you and your family.
    Ross and Diane Johnson

  6. So honored to call Art my friend. Hugs to Wendy and the family.

  7. James J. Lawler says:

    What an awesome individual this man was and forever will be. Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel up there with his Mother. I extend my thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to his family. God Bless Art Hettinger.

  8. Jim Johnson says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about his passing. This past weekend we had a family reunion and we just so happened to be talking about Art.
    I was telling the family how he was always so full of life and how excited he was about the things that we normally take for granted. One memory in particular was when Art got his first paycheck. He was running up and down the street swinging that paycheck over his head to find anybody to help him share in his excitement!!!

    “Fatso” and the rest of the Johnson family will truly miss him…

    Jim (AKA Fatso)

  9. Luanne Erickson says:

    How saddened I was to hear of Art passing away. He really left me with wonderful lasting memories. He was so loved by his entire family, Duane, Wendy and Willie. I am comforted knowing he is ONCE again with Janie. Just know that I send my love and sympathy to all of you. MUCH love, Luanne

  10. Don Jones says:

    My condolences and prayers to the Hettinger family. I remember having fun horsing around with Artie and Ricky Wolf at Willie and Dan’s wrestling matches when we were kids. Nice memories.

  11. Dave Henley says:

    His work at the food court was an inspiration. Another memory I have is when Art stopped at our house to show us a medal he had won at Special Olympics. I was young and it showed me what incredibly important and worthy cause it is. Art had a very good life because he had a great family.

  12. I am so sorry to read of Art’s passing…made me really sad to read of this. I remember Art as a little boy when his sister, Wendy, would bring him to the Southside Swimming Pool in Aberdeen, SD, where I was a lifeguard. Art would always swim around my lifeguard post so I could keep an eye on him and he would “show off” for me! We became good buddies over many summers back in the 1970’s. Art touched many hearts during his life. Such a precious gift to all of us! He may be gone but he will never be forgotten!

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