Ermil Stohler, 83, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2017, in Naples, Fla.
He was born at home in Honey Creek, Ind., on Sept. 7, 1933, the son of Ralph Stohler and Violet Abshire Stohler.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Quentin.
Ermil met his beloved wife Barbara when she was 14 years old and both lived in the same hometown, Sulphur Springs. Ermil served in the United States Air Force from l952 to l956. They were married on Nov. 28, l957, where they started their family in Muncie.
Ermil entered Ball State University and earned a bachelor of science in 1961 and a master of arts in 1964. Ermil taught social studies in Mount Summit, and Anderson.
In 1969, the family moved to Naples where Ermil became a school and district leader in the growing educational community. As the school system expanded Ermil taught and served as Department Chair of Gulf View Middle School, Pine Ridge Middle School, Barron Collier High School and Naples High School before retiring in 2003.
At the school level Ermil sponsored middle and high school student councils and the National Honor Society. In the district, he chaired the social studies textbook committee and chaired the Teacher Education Center. An active member of Collier County Education Association, Ermil was president from 1983 to 1986 and a lobbyist for the Association's TIGER political action group. As a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the educational honorary society he served as a researcher for a UF grant for assessing the impact of educational reforms. At the state level he was appointed to two terms on the State Teacher Education center by both Governors Askew and Graham. District, state and national honors include:
Ermil was Teacher of the Year in 1985. He was selected as Florida's Outstanding American History Teacher by Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) in l985 and 1986. The Daughters of the American Revolution selected him as the National D.A.R. winner as Outstanding American History Teacher in 1985. He was selected as the State Social Studies Council as Collier County's Outstanding High School Social Studies teacher in 1986 and 1987, and was Collier County's nominee for the Florida Teacher of the Year 1988.
Besides being a master teacher, Ermil was a leader of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, Fla., and was involved in the Sunday school program and the office relocation and building project. He served as chair of the church council for two terms and as assisting minister at the altar for many years.
Ermil is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 60 years; his son, Steve Stohler; daughter, Marilou Jakubielski (Adam); and six grandchildren, Christian Noseworthy, Tristan and Taryn Stohler, Jenna Lou, Ty, and Ava Jakubielski. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald Stohler (Phyllis), Raleigh, N.C., and David Stohler (Vicki), Vinton, Va.; and one sister, Verlena White (Jim), St. Cloud, Fla., as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be sent to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or St. Matthew's House (both in Naples, Fla.).
Published on July 1, 2017