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Lewis "Lewie" Stetler

September 10, 1943 ~ January 27, 2022 (age 78)

Obituary

Lewis Edward Stetler passed away peacefully January 27, 2022, at his home, Kris-Tan Farm, surrounded by his family. He was born September 10, 1943, in Washington D.C. to the late Arzy and Zella Stetler and Martha and John White. He was raised in Clinton, Maryland on the family farm. At the young age of 15 he would meet his best friend and lifelong partner Buttons whom he would wed at the age of 17 on April 17, 1961. Lewie was the sole owner and operator of Stetler Excavating and continued to drive his dump truck until last year.  He was also an owner of the family business Kris-Tan Farm and Tack. He was the biggest supporter of his two girls Tandi and Krista while also instilling the importance of a disciplined work ethic and the value of a dollar. His “work smarter not harder” life lessons will remain with them forever. Lewie was a lifetime member of the American Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) where he served as the Judging Commissioner and competed in Team Roping. He also served as judge for the North American Rodeo Commission (NARC) at the World National Finals Rodeo. When he became “Pap Pap”, his focus would turn to his grandchildren, Kelsey, Clayton, Jaycee and Kamie Jo. No matter where or when Pap Pap and Nana were there, never missing a youth or high school rodeo, a wrestling match, baseball/softball, field hockey or basketball game. His grandkids meant the world to him, and everyone knew it. He was their biggest fan. He was blessed in September 2021 with his first great grandchild Rozlynn Jo. Through the years, Lewie enjoyed many hobbies including bowling, hunting, motorcycle racing, and team roping. We loved and will miss him, but we are at peace knowing once again Buttons and Pard are together, and their 60-year love story continues.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years Mary “Buttons” Stetler, parents Arzy and Zella Stetler and Martha and John White, sisters Gloria Brown and Mary Virginia Owen and granddaughter Jaycee Vermillion. He is survived by daughters Tandi Landolfi (David), Krista Vermillion (Bobby), grandchildren Kelsey King (Lavern), Clayton Vermillion and Kamie Jo Landolfi, great granddaughter Rozlynn Jo King, and sister Nancy Walkup (Joe).

The family will receive friends on Friday February 4, 2022 from 10 AM until Service time at 12 noon at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home (211 St. Mary’s Ave. LaPlata, MD 20646).

His interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lewie & Buttons Stetler National High School Rodeo Memorial Scholarship fund.

Make checks payable to National High School Rodeo Foundation and mail to Tandi Landolfi 150 Memory Lane Dover, PA 17315.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 4, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.
211 St. Mary's Ave.
LA PLATA, Maryland 20646

Funeral Service
Friday
February 4, 2022

12:00 PM
Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.
211 St. Mary's Ave.
LA PLATA, Maryland 20646

Interment at a later date

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