Merrill F. Setler, 72, of Sandwich died September 18.
He was the husband of Alice (Montagna) Fardy Setler, whom he married July 11, 2011.
The son of Verl and Lucille (Gifford) Setler, he studied agriculture at Barnstable Vocational High School. Upon graduation he joined the United States Army and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 as a generator operator mechanic. During the war, he came into close contact with Agent Orange, which affected his health for the rest of his life.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he and Inez Landers wed on November 14, 1969. The couple raised four children together.
During his working years, Mr. Setler did masonry with his brother-in-law, Randy Johnson; worked as a mechanic for Airport Motors; then joined his other brother-in-law, Walter Scholfield, as a carpenter with S&S Construction. Later he had positions as a mechanic for LaidLaw School Bus in Plymouth and at Botello’s as a diesel mechanic working alongside his son, Rick Setler.
He was forced to retire early due to his health.
Among his interests was travel. He had been on cruises to Alaska, Aruba, Norway and Bermuda; and drove his fifth-wheel RV throughout this country.
Mr. Setler had also studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In addition to his wife of nine years, he leaves his daughter and son, Pamela Davis and Rick Setler; his two stepchildren, Donna White and Danny White; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother, Judy Rickerson, Vercille Johnson and Bruce Setler; and extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents and two siblings.
Memorial arrangements were to be announced.