Washington resident Anthony Vietti, 25, one of the two experienced climbers missing on Oregon’s Mount Hood spent part of his youth in the Bozeman area.
“He was just a great kid,’’ said Becky Stutterheim, of Clyde Park. Stutterheim taught Vietti in Sunday school at the Shields Valley Bible Church.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday suspended search and rescue efforts for Vietti and Katie Nolan, 29, of Portland, as a winter storm hampered efforts to find the climbers who had been missing since Dec. 11. The body of a third climber, Luke T. Gullberg, 26, of Des Moines, Wash., was found on Dec. 12.
Stutterheim said Vietti came to Clyde Park with parents, Jon and LaDonna Vietti in September 1995, when Jon Vietti came to pastor the congregation. The family moved to Bozeman in 2000, and Anthony Vietti graduated from high school there in 2002.
Vietti’s parents moved about three years ago to Glasgow where Jon Vietti is an electrician, she said.
Stutterheim described Anthony Vietti as a “go-getter’’ who loved to hike and fish. He “elevated the mood’’ where ever he went, she said. “His big thing at the time was playing drums.’’
In Sunday school, Anthony Vietti was “a kid that always wanted to be sensitive and obedient. And just always wanted to live for God,’’ she said. Anthony Vietti had a passion for Christ and worked in Bible and Christian camps in Oregon and Washington. He believed in eternal life in heaven with Jesus Christ, she said.
More recently, Anthony Vietti was attending college in Longview, Wash., and wanted to become a physician’s as-sistant, Stutterheim said.
Stutterheim first heard on Sunday that Anthony Vietti was missing. He would have turned 26 on Dec. 22, she said.
“He was a part of our life for a time,’’ Stutterheim said. “It was really a sad situation. The hardest thing is still not knowing.’’