Dennis D. Shetler

1929 - 2020


Dennis D. Shetler, 91, of Kalona, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2020, at Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Kalona.  Burial will be at East Union Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Sunnyside Mennonite Church.  The family will be present from 10 - noon, 2 - 4 and 6 - 8.  

Dennis Daniel Shetler was born May 21, 1929, near Kalona, Iowa, the son of Jesse Ray and Anna (Hershberger) Shetler.  He attended Evergreen rural school.  Dennis was united in marriage to Katie Ann Miller on Oct. 11, 1951, in Kalona.  He was a lifelong farmer. He also worked for the Iowa City Recreation Department from 1961-1980.  The last 29 years he has provided a taxi service for the Amish.  He was a member of Sunnyside Mennonite Church and was a MDS volunteer.

Dennis enjoyed camping, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, traveling, fishing, was part of the coffee club. Dennis dearly loved his family and walked with God.
He is survived by his wife: Katie Ann of Kalona; six children: Ruby (Maynard) Miller of Kalona, Darlene  Raber of Shipshewana, Ind., Delmar (Freda) Shetler of Sarasota, Fla., Susan (Keith) Miller of Millersburg, Ohio, Loren (Tanya) Shetler of Ruckersville, Va. and Karen (Loris) Miller of Millersburg, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings: Alta Yutzy of Hutchinson, Kan., Mary Jane (Edwin) Miller, Clara Shetler and Ruth Ann Shetler all of Kalona; sisters-in-law: Emma Shetler of Wellman, Penny Shetler of Rising Fawn, Ga., and Janet Shetler of Irwin, Ohio; and a brother-in-law:  Vernon Miller of Hutchinson, Kan. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers: Ellis Shetler, John Shetler, Paul Shetler, Harley Shetler, Albert Shetler, and Phillip Shetler; a sister: Magdalena Miller; two sisters-in-law: Mildred Shetler and Dorothy Shetler; brother-in-law: Raymond Yutzy; and a son-in-law: David Raber.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in  Kalona is caring for the family. A memorial fund has been established for Sunnyside Mennonite Church. Messages and tributes may be left at


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