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Stanley W. Ehler

Stanley W. Ehler Stanley Ehler, age 78, of Manhattan, died February 28, 2019 in Arizona.

Dr. Stanley Walter Ehler, Jr was born in Champaign, IL, on April 8, 1940 to Stanley Washington Ehler and Rebecca Anne (Lydy) Ehler. Dr. Ehler began school at Mt. Vernon School, a one room school in Hensley Township, Champaign County, IL. He then attended Champaign Junior High School, now the site of Champaign Central High School, and graduated from Champaign High School in 1958. He began his college studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign before transferring to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL where he earned his B.S. in Agriculture in 1962, and his M.S. in Agriculture in 1964. He enlisted in the USAF reserves in 1965 and served at Lackland AFB, TX, Gunter AFB, AL, Chanute AFB, IL and Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO.

He farmed in Champaign County for a few years before marrying and returning to the classroom at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO where he earned his PhD in Horticulture in 1975. Dr. Ehler accepted a position as Professor of Agriculture at Kansas State University following graduation and moved to Manhattan, KS to teach and do research. At KSU he taught Crop Science, Weed Management, Soil Fertility, Grain Grading, and Seed Technology. For several years Dr. Ehler put his education to work on a farm he operated in Wamego, KS. Dr. Ehler retired from KSU in 2004. In retirement he enjoyed gardening, going to antique tractor shows, and working on machinery.

As a professor, Dr. Ehler focused on his students. He asked for excellence from his students and was known for giving written exams with short answer questions, requiring words to be spelled correctly, sentences to be grammatically correct, and ensuring students understood unit cancellation. His student centered approach also included connecting personally with his students by inviting them to his home, meeting their parents, and attending the weddings of students if he was invited.

In 1973, Dr. Ehler became a Christian and actively sought God’s will for his life. In the 1980’s, he became a lay pastor in the United Methodist Church and preached in surrounding communities as needed. For many years he attended Westview Community Church, teaching Sunday school and serving as an elder. Later he joined the Orthodox Church. He attended St. Mary Magdalene Mission, and Faith Evangelical Free Church, both of Manhattan, KS. Stan believed that the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) meant that relationship was at the heart of God’s nature. Meeting and talking with people on a regular basis was central to Stan’s spiritual growth. Even at 78, he continued to seek out those relationships.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis (Pyle) Ehler, their son, Thomas (Tatiana), daughters, Laura and Julie, five grandsons, Dalton, Dakota, Brian, Matthew, and Thomas, and brothers, Charles Ehler (Renny) of Champaign, IL, and Russell Ehler (Patricia) of Kaleva, MI, as well as 6 nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday March 10, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral services will be held at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1921 Barnes Rd, Manhattan, Kansas, Monday March 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Steve Ratliff officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dr. Ehler are suggested to the Salina Rescue Mission. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

In the words of Dr. Ehler, let’s go DO something.

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