Rev John Schettenhelm's death

Rev John Schettenhelm's death

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Athens, TN

#1 Apr 10, 2006
I heard that Rev. John Schettenhelm was killed in a motorcycle crash yesterday. Does anyone have any information regarding that accident? I live in Florida and am a friend of his wife.
Orange Resident

Boston, MA

#2 Apr 10, 2006
Orange pastor killed in crash

(Orange-WTNH, Apr. 10, 2006 2:10 PM)_ The pastor of a Lutheran church was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday, police said.

The victim was identified as Pastor John G. Schettenhelm, 49, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church.

Police say Schettenhelm riding a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle and attempting to turn left into the church driveway on Grassy Hill Road when he was struck from behind a car.

Pastor Schettenhelm was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The driver of the car is identified as Stephen Maier, 42, of Orange.

Police are still investigating the accident.

New Haven, CT

#3 Apr 10, 2006
I am in his congregation and, yes, he died last night at about 8:30pm as a result of the motorcycle accident. Its so sad.
Marianne - Trinity Toledo

Toledo, OH

#4 Apr 10, 2006
He served as Pastor at our church several years ago (Trinity Lutheran Toledo, Ohio)! I didn't know him personally, but I can say he must have been a wonderful person. Everyone who knew him is so sadden by this news. Please know your congregation will be in our thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time. God bless!

Gaborone, Botswana

#5 Apr 10, 2006
John has been a friend for many years.Our hearts are crying, too, in Botswana.
Jim Schettenhelm


#6 Apr 5, 2008
This April 9, 2008 will mark the two year anniversary of my brother's death. He will never be forgotten, as will our mother, who passed away in 1985. There will come a day when we meet face to face once more. Until then, we will continue to move forward.
nolan schettenhelm

Northville, MI

#7 Oct 25, 2009
yes he will not be forgotten though you are probably all thinking Schettenhelm is rev. john's yes it is I am rev john schettenhelm's nephew and when i heard that he had died i didnt know what to think i was in shock i just didnt know what to think my uncle had just gotten killed on a motorcycle i just simply couldnt belive it, i was devestated
nolan schettenhelm

Northville, MI

#8 Oct 25, 2009
all of your comments about john i deeply do appericiate so thank you for stating such nice things about my uncle

United States

#9 Nov 13, 2009
I too am a motorcycle rider and am sad to see tragic things like this happen. Was Mr. Schettenhelm any relation to Ms. Shelley Bridges by any chance?

Bridgeport, CT

#10 Dec 17, 2009
anon wrote:
I too am a motorcycle rider and am sad to see tragic things like this happen. Was Mr. Schettenhelm any relation to Ms. Shelley Bridges by any chance?
Pr. Bridges' death was unrelated to Pr. Schettenhelm's
Wally Waligora

Allen Park, MI

#11 May 26, 2012
May he rest in peace - he was a good man
Wally Waligora

Allen Park, MI

#12 May 26, 2012
may he rest in peace
David Rohde

Slaton, TX

#13 Feb 6, 2013
John was a good friend of mine as we lived in Luke Dorm at Concordia University (then College) in Ann Arbor in 1976-77. He was instrumental in helping me through Greek 101. In 2004 he sent a very dear note on the anniversary of my 20th year in the ministry. It is a note that will be cherished for as long as I live. I was privileged to know him while on earth even as I look forward to seeing him again in the glorious kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. May his family be strengthened by the promise of the resurrection.

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