A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Wasilla Bible Church, with Pastor David Strickland of Wasilla First Presbyterian Church officiating. Cremation will follow services.
Pallbearers will be Kirk Gibbs, Neil Shanahan, Leo Kuch, Buddy Eveland, Tom Proge and Greg LaCoy. A gathering of family and friends will follow the services at the AMVETS building on Wasilla-Fishhook Road.
Mr. Stetler was born March 2, 1956, in Chico County, Calif. He completed high school, and became an Alaska resident in 1980. He lived in Anchorage prior to moving to Palmer 15 years ago.
He worked from 1998 to 1999 for Nabors Drilling and from 1991 to the present for Alaska Pollution Control Inc.
He was a member of the National Barrel Horse Association and his great passion was Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Family members said: Dale had a childlike innocence, wonder and appreciation for all that was good in life. He was never negative. He had the ability to make new acquaintances feel comfortable and at ease. He never met a stranger. He was always supportive and encouraging. Dale was a wonderful husband, stepfather and friend. Dale had a sense of humor and supportive nature about him that could lift anyones heart.
Survivors are his wife, Carrie Stetler; stepchildren, Jeremy Cotton, P.J. OConnor and Letty Ingram; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Trent Galart; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Cindy Stetler; sister-in-law, Cheryl Jacobson; stepfather, Gene Mortenson; nephews, Matthew and Stephen Stetler, Cory and Jay Stetler, and Troy and Garrett Galart.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Stetler; mother, Marjorie Mortenson, and brother, Michael Stetler.
Memorial contributions may be made to account #2101871823, at any branch of National Bank of Alaska.
Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wasilla.