Dean Schettler
Dean Schettler
January 7, 2014

Fourth-generation Carroll Countian Dean Schettler of Breda, whose career has involved work in agriculture, local manufacturing and small business, this morning announced his intention to file as a candidate for the Board of Supervisors.

Schettler, 61, a Democrat, will seek the 2nd District seat being vacated at the end of the year by another Breda-area Democrat, two-term incumbent Dan Nieland.

"Throughout my life I've had successes and challenges," Schettler said in an interview at The Daily Times Herald offices. "But I have looked at them as learning experiences, life lessons."

Schettler is married to former longtime county employee Joan Schettler, who retired as Carroll County Auditor on Dec. 31.

Dean Schettler said his wife would serve as a valuable sounding board should voters elect him to the board in November.

"She's seen so many members on that board come and go," Schettler said.

The Schettlers live on the acreage Dean's great-grandfather, Benedict Schettler, homesteaded in 1878 after emigrating from Germany.

Dean Schettler graduated from St. Bernard Catholic High School in Breda in 1970 and then earned a business degree from Ellsworth Community College. He returned to Carroll County and worked at General Electric for two years before engaging in farming.

Schettler worked the home farm, a grain-and-livestock operation, for 21 years. Schettler also worked at Pella Corp. in Carroll for 20 years, 11 of them as a supervisor.

In 2001, Schettler purchased Sheppy's Shortstop on East Main Street in Breda. He sold the operation last summer and soon went to work as a driver for Windstar Lines in Carroll.

Schettler has served on the board of Breda Telephone Corp., the parent company of Western Iowa Networks, for 15 years, seven as president.

The Schettlers, members of St. Bernard Catholic Church, have three grown children: Jonathan, 30, who is in the anesthetist program at the University of Iowa; Tyler, 33, who works for the major national outdoor recreation company REI in Phoenix; and Emily Schettler, 25, a reporter with the Des Moines Register.

All three children are Kuemper Catholic High School alums. Emily Schettler is a former newsroom intern with The Daily Times Herald.