Charles Shetlar


June 15, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Charles M. Shetlar, 88, Iola, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Windsor Place in Iola.
Charles was born April 29, 1927, in Iola, the son of John and Lola (Shoemaker) Shetlar. He grew up on the family farm a mile east of Bayard. He attended Center Valley Grade School, Mildred High School and graduated from Moran High School in 1944. Charles served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Following his honorable discharge from the service he attended Kansas State University in Manhattan and earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1950.
On Sept. 7, 1947, Charles married L. Maxine Ellis. They made their home in Manhattan before moving to Iola in 1950. He began his career working for Brink and Dunwoody Architectural Engineers. In 1974, he purchased the firm calling it Shetlar Griffith Shetlar and retired in 1996. Some of his most notable architectural projects include working on the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Allen County Courthouse, Iola Public Library, Iola Bank and Trust, additions to all USD 257 schools, and restoration of the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott. His wife, Maxine, preceded him in death Sept. 3, 2002. Charles and Phyllis (Fox) Meredith were married Jan. 2, 2004, and made their home in Iola.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Iola where he served as a deacon and elder, American Institute of Architects and had been active in the Iola Kiwanis and Boy Scouts. Charles enjoyed art, working with wood, camping and gardening.
Survivors are his wife Phyllis Shetlar, six sons: Kenneth Shetlar and wife, Ann, Iola, Keith Shetlar and wife, Kathryn, Houston, Texas, Clyde Shetlar and wife, Connie, Moran, Lloyd Shetlar and wife, Jean, Augusta, Tom Shetlar and wife, Gloria, Atlanta, Ga., and John Shetlar and wife, Deb, Salina; two step daughters, Cathrynn Allen and husband, Dennis, Colony, and Carlene Cogliati and husband, Tony, Karbel, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; nine step grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Maxine, infant sister Helen, brothers John and Marvin and step children Crandall Meredith and Cassandra Lincecum.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Iola.
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Mildred.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and left with Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to

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