December 16, 2013


Larry Joe Schettler, 67, died Dec. 13, 2013 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, following a courageous battle against cancer.

Celebration of Life Mass will be conducted by Father Tim Johnson on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll, Iowa. Barb McDermott is the organist and the Holy Spirit Funeral Choir will be singing.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon, where there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m.

Born May 5, 1946, in Carroll, Iowa, he was a son of Joseph and Annabelle (Ocken) Schettler. Larry was baptized and confirmed at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Breda, Iowa. He attended St. Bernard's Parochial School in Breda graduating with the high school Class of 1964. Larry was employed at the Pepsi-Cola plant in Carroll for a short time. In 1965, he was inducted into the United States Army. During his tour of duty he served with the First Infantry in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in November of 1967 and received a bronze star for valor.

On November 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Nancy Otto at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Carroll, Iowa. Four children - Chad, Joseph, Kathryn, and Megan - were born to this union. Larry drove a delivery truck for Pepsi-Cola for several years. The family moved to Lake City where they purchased and operated the Dairy Sweet for many years. Later he moved to Carroll and drove truck for several years. He then managed and operated a cattle operation in Maple River for about 10 years. Since 1996 he has operated a farm with Sue Behrens near Audubon, Iowa.

Larry is a member of the American Legion and a past member of the Carroll County Cattleman's Association. Larry enjoyed history, especially the American Civil War era. He enjoyed fishing especially with his daughter Katie and her husband Rob in Minnesota and was an avid University of Iowa football fan. Larry was also an avid bird watcher and loved to travel. He enjoyed his vegetable garden and canning tomatoes and enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their school and sporting events.

Survivors include his best friend and longtime companion Sue Behrens of Audubon, Iowa; his children: Chad and wife Gloria Schettler of Indianola, Iowa; Joseph and wife Kristan Schettler of Carlisle, Iowa; Kathryn and husband Robert Furnal of Babbitt, Minn.; Megan and husband Chad Andrew of Lucas, Iowa; 9 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters: Leona and husband Rich Onken of Ralston, Neb.; Alan and wife Shirlee Schettler of Swisher, Iowa; Dean and wife Joan Schettler of Breda, Iowa; Marilyn and husband Dale Behrens of Roselle, Iowa; JoAnn and husband Randy Wallace of West Des Moines, Iowa; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alan and wife Karen Behrens of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Gail and husband Jerry Beck of Chana, Illinois; Lynn and husband Kevin Irlbeck of Carroll, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Neil Schettler, and his great nephew Andy Onken.