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Myron E. Schwinn

Myron E. Schwinn Myron E. Schwinn, age 80, of St. George, died December 26, 2018, at Plaza West Care Center in Topeka.

He was born July 7, 1938, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of John Thomas and Ruth Esther (Whitman) Schwinn.

Myron attended a one room school through 8th grade and then a small rural high school. In October of 1954, during his junior year he was stricken with polio. After several months in the hospital he returned to school to finish his junior and senior years. This event dictated the rest of his life. Since he would not be able to work on the family farm, he decided to attend Highland Junior College, the first of his family to go to college. At Highland, his biology teacher convinced him he should consider teaching as a career. He attended and graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia in 1960 in Education and Biology, and later earned his master’s in 1963.

On August 13, 1961, in the First Methodist Church in Kingman, Kansas, he was married to Joretta “Jody” Lindt.

Myron began his teaching career at Everest Rural High School in 1961, and he and Jody were the first husband-wife team to teach there. In 1964, they moved to Manhattan and he continued his career teaching at Manhattan Junior High School and later Manhattan High School where he was a science teacher and department chair. He had the unique advantage of having Sunset Zoo and Sunset Cemetery within walking distance to the high school and used both of them along with WOLF (Wildcat Outdoor Lab Facility) that he helped establish to use as teaching aids for his students. Myron has a real passion for teaching and was always coming up with new and inventive ways to teach his students. He retired in 1994 after 30 years at MJHS and MHS.

Myron was awarded the Kansas Master Teacher Award in 1994. He was also an active member of First Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Riley County Fish and Game Association that he helped to organize in 1982, Kansas Wildlife Federation, and in 1969 was the Conservation Educator of the Year, was a Kansas Safe Hunter instructor 1977 to 1984, Manhattan Creative Arts Guild 1984 to 1994, St. George Lions Club Charter Member in 1978, and served on USD 323 School Board 1975 to 1983. Myron and Jody also owned and operated S & S Buckle Company that made belt buckles and pins. Myron was also a well-known taxidermist for many years who helped establish the Kansas Association of Taxidermists. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also in his spare time was a farmer and rancher.

He loved collecting pedal tractors, farm toys, trains, handy oilers and many other items. He and Jody enjoyed many bus trips traveling to various parts of the country. The time he enjoyed the most was spent with his family, and like all grandparents he was very proud of his grandchildren.

Myron is survived by his loving and devoted wife Jody of the home; one son Scott Schwinn and his wife Lisa of Westmoreland; two grandchildren: Morgan and Garrett Schwinn; two siblings: Mary Barbara Allen of Gardener, KS, and Herbert Schwinn and his wife Genevieve of Leavenworth, KS; and his sister in law Evelyn Schwinn of Easton, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

Myron was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Willoughby Schwinn and John Schwinn; two half siblings: Eugene Schwinn and Floy Alida Bosworth; and by one niece Barbara Coffin.

Cremation is planned with a Celebration of Life to be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 31st, at the First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Jerry Reynolds officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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Memorial contributions may be made to either the First Lutheran Church or the Riley County Fish and Game Association. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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