Kenneth David Shetlar

Kenneth David Shetlar, 89 years of age, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 in Springdale, AR.    Born May 8, 1930 in Taylorville, Illinois he was the son of Homer and Hazel Ida (Pearson) Shetlar.   He was a graduate of Taylorville High School and served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict era.   “Kenny” as he was known in the Air Force, was a mechanic with the Thunderbirds working primarily on F-80 and F-86 fighters in Arizona.    He left the service as a Master Sgt.   On June 14, 1953 he married the love of his life, Marilyn Gail (Maton) Shetlar.   Kenny became a carpenter and worked with his father, Homer as well as working on several large commercial buildings in Chicago, notably helping build the First National Bank.   He was a proud Union member.  A longtime resident of the Chicago area, he moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and bought Bokay Flowers with his wife.   They ran the flower shop and built the business up for many years.  Kenny was an avid Razorback fan and a St. Louis Cardinal Fan but enjoyed watching all sports.   One of his favorite activities was searching for morel mushrooms in the spring.   Kenny loved hunting small game and upland birds, especially quail and was a very good wing shot.  He was an avid fisherman chasing both catfish and largemouth bass in Illinois, and  loving both the stripers on Beaver Lake and fly fishing for the trout below the Beaver Dam here in Arkansas.  Preceding him in death were his wife, Marilyn Shetlar, his parents, Homer and Hazel Shetlar, his siblings, Barbara Atkinson, Lois Freeman, and Jerry Shetlar.   Survivors include four children, Michael R. Shetlar and his wife Belinda of Choctaw, OK, Carol Raben and her husband Dr. Dennis Raben of Diamond, MO, Daniel Shetlar of Springdale, AR, and his youngest, Jeff Shetlar and his wife Tracie of Elkins, AR, one grandson, Joshua Raben of Diamond, MO, one brother, Larry Shetlar of the Chicago area, and a number of nieces and nephews.   Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR with Pastor Ron Crow officiating.   Burial will follow services in Mt. Comfort Cemetery.