Ervin Stutzman, who along with his wife, Emma, started Kansas-based Stutzmans Greenhouse in 1956, died on Jan. 26 at the age of 96.
Stutzman was born in Thomas, OK, and moved to Kansas in the 1940s. The Stutzmans started the greenhouse with just two rows of onions, according to the company’s Facebook page. In time, the greenhouse became a gardener’s hub.
“It was the kind of place that you wanted to go to every spring to help you get going,” says Carolyn Smith, a longtime Bel Aire gardener, in an article in the Wichita Eagle. “It gave you hope and possibilities, as well as being very practical and unique.”
In 1985, Stutzmans was purchased by Ben and Marlene Miller. The company now has 11 seasonal garden centers.
After the sale, the Stutzmans started the Haiti Relief and Mission in Haiti and served as Mennonite volunteers for a decade. When they returned from Haiti, they continued to serve in the Mennonite church.
Complete obituary information is available at Kansas.com/news/local/news-local-obituaries/article197133984.html. Memorials may be made to Haiti Relief and Mission Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary.