Stanwyn's Story

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grew up in Hollsopple and attended Johnstown Christian School. His father was Bishop Sanford Shetler, a prominent leader in the Mennonite community.
He attended Eastern Mennonite University, Cornell University and earned his PhD in Botany from the University of Michigan. Stanwyn spent his career at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, beginning as an assistant curator and rising to become deputy director of the museum. His publications number well over 100 scientific, technical, and popular titles, including three books. Stanwyn's research travels took him across North America and to parts of South and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Stanwyn was active in his church and taught Sunday school for many years. In his youth he sang bass in a traveling quartet. Always the story teller, he made every experience an entertaining learning experience, passing on his love of God and Nature to the next generation. Stanwyn passed away in hospice after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Elaine, two children Stephen Shetler and Lara Shetler Kizer, sisters Maretta Hostetler and Carol Lazer, brother Leonard Shetler and step-mother Dorothy Shetler. A memorial service will be held in January at a time to be determined.
Published on December 7, 2017
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