October 23, 2019

George L. Shetler

Died Jan. 14, 2019


George Loren Shetler, 67, of Shetler Family Dairy, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 14, 2019.

He was born on May 17, 1951, in Connellsville, Pa., to the late Rollin and Sarah Shetler. They lived in Scottdale, Pa., until 1959 when they moved to the Clare County Mennonite Community where George attended Clare Schools for his junior high years. He then went to Beaverton High School his freshman and junior years. George was active in farming and 4-H during this time. The family then moved to Elk Rapids, where he graduated high school in 1969. After graduating, he attended Northwestern Michigan College for auto mechanics, where he met his best friend Stanley Groner. George then chose Boys Village in Wooster, Ohio, for his voluntary service during the Vietnam War. He then met the love of his life, Sally Ann Zook, whom he married March 31, 1973. They lived in Ohio for their first year of marriage then moved to Kalkaska where they eventually bought the farm on Tyler Rd in 1979. He and Sally worked alongside each other turning a simple dairy farm into the bottling business that it is today. He was active on the Kalkaska County Conservation Board for years and served a term as chairman for the Kalkaska Board of Commissioners.

George is survived by his two daughters, Stacia (Jason) Davis and Annie (Justin) Olds; three sons, G. Kaleb (Traci) Shetler, J. Jacob (Pricilla) Shetler and Peter (Darcy) Shetler; 20 grandchildren, G. Gregory (Rachel) Shetler, Ivy Hart, Tyrone Shetler, Elizabeth Shetler, Gabriel Shetler, Bodee Hart, Mariah Shetler, Alexis Shetler, Jadon Shetler, Jenna (Jacob) Verstraete, Kadence Davis, JaeAnn Davis, Luke Olds, Evelyn Olds, Sidney Shetler, Andrew Shetler, Jackson Shetler and Owen Shetler; four great-grandchildren, G. Frederico Shetler, Ronald Shetler, Greyson Verstraete and Sadie Verstraete; and two sisters, Ruth (Claude) Green and Bernice Gerber.

George was preceded in death by his father, Rollin Shetler; mother, Sarah Shetler; sister, Rebecca Shetler; grandson, Jonathan Shetler; and wife, Sally Ann Shetler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WLJN Christian Radio, Traverse City.

Visitation for George will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kalkaska Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Kalkaska Church of Christ with final visitation from 10-11 a.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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