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David Alwin Schettler
"The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, the God of my father, and I will exalt him." Exodus 15:2
David Alwin Schettler, age 85, passed on January 26, 2020 surrounded by his children, Daniel, Bill, and Meta Schettler.
Dave grew up in Saint Louis, the eldest son of Alwin and Meta Schettler. He attended St. Louis Country Day School and Yale University where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in electrical engineering. This led to a 36 year career with General Electric Company where he started as an Engineer and retired in 1992 as Program Director.
Dave married his high school sweetheart, the late Nancy Gene Vogel, in 1959. Together they raised their three children in Roanoke, Virginia and Monroe, Connecticut. In high school, he developed a passion for the stagecraft of live theater and pursued this activity throughout his entire life - most recently with a decades long association with the Westport Community Theatre. In retirement, Dave was very active in community activities, most notably as a volunteer coordinator for the United Way, where he spent many years assisting the elderly with tax preparation in both the Milford and Monroe Senior Centers.
A curious, interested, and tireless learner, Dave had a passion for knowledge and shared his encyclopedic mind. Always the extrovert, Dave loved people and shared his kindness, heart, and generosity with all who knew him. His bright energy, ready laugh, strength and love will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.
Dave is survived by his children, Daniel Schettler of Philadelphia, PA, Bill Schettler of Bethel, CT and Meta Schettler of Fresno, CA, and by his sister Judy Adams of Syracuse, NY, and brother Dan Schettler of St. Louis, MO.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date out of state, but for those who wish to do so, please consider making a small charitable contribution to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association who treated Dave with such incredible grace and dignity in the last weeks of his life:
RVNA Health
27 Governor Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Published in Connecticut Post & Danbury News Times on Jan. 30, 2020.
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June 21, 2020
I worked at a temp for Dave at GE back in 1987(ish). That's over 30 years ago but there are 2 strong memories I have of him that still make me smile. First, when I asked him to write me a letter of recommendation he said "You write it, I'll correct it." Off-putting at first, I came to realize what a gift that was...to both of us! Second was both his loud laugh and the say he answered the phone. I had to be 30 feet away from him and he had office walls but when he answered the phone..."Schettler" carried loud and clear. I can still hear it. To all you who knew him better I send my sympathy and hope your memories are happy ones.
Judy Cuddihee
February 25, 2020
With gratitude for the many happy memories we shared; your classmate, Adie Dietz, '52
February 6, 2020
Condolences to the family & friends of Dave. I had the wonderful opportunity to work under his supervision at GE and then we volunteered together at United Way.He was such a sweet soul!
Carolyn Vermont
January 30, 2020
Very Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
God bless all.
Greg & Joann
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