Howard Eugene Shetterly, a navy pilot during WWII, an American diplomat who served in Latin America and Europe, died on Wednesday, October 27, 2004, three days before his 83rd birthday. His wife, Patricia Shetterly says that the cause of death was melanoma. Mr. Shetterly was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 30, 1921 to Anna Mae Campbell Shetterly and Roy Edwin Shetterly. He attended Drake University, studied at Mexico City College, and received his degree from Ohio State University where he met his wife, Patricia, from Wilmington, Ohio. In 1949 he was appointed to the United States Foreign Service. He served in Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and Washington D.C. His last posting was as American Consul in Barcelona, Spain. In 1976 he retired to Plymouth, MA where he and his family had enjoyed summer holidays overlooking Cape Cod Bay. There he served on various community boards and welcomed three Cambodian brothers into his large family. In 1998 he moved with his wife to Albuquerque, NM to be near three of his children and to be surrounded by the Hispanic and Native American culture he so much appreciated. Besides his wife of 56 years, he is survived by children: Anna Littauer, husband Andrew and two grandsons of Princeton, NJ; Brian, Jenny, and Joseph Shetterly of Smiley Creek, ID; R. Stephen Shetterly and his wife, Eve, and two granddaughters of Holland, MI; Erin Rountree and her husband Malcolm and two granddaughters of Hailey, ID; Toni Shetterly and husband Daniel Swenson and two grandsons of Albuquerque; Casey and husband Patrick Murphy of Plymouth, MA; Kim Chhay and wife Rocio and five grandchildren of Cambridge, MA; Vathy Chhay and wife Chivie and three grandsons; and Kirivuth Chhay, all of Lynn, MA. His son Kevin P. Shetterly preceded him in death. Mr. Shetterly donated his body to the University of New Mexico Medical School. Donations in honor of Howard Shetterly may be made to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation or Presbyterian Hospice.
Published on: Sat October 30, 2004