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Maynard W. Shetler ( Missoula 1945 )

posted: Oct 25, 2002

Maynard, who headed the Herald Press book division of Mennonite Publishing House died October 15, 2002, at age 80. He was born October 2, 1922, in Mason, Iowa. He was the first of eight children. The family moved to Illinois and, over the next 14 years, lived in several Mennonite communities. In 1937 the family moved to Cochranton, PA, where he graduated from high school in 1940.

He was drafted into Civilian Public Service in 1943 and reported to the smokejumper unit in 1944 where broke his foot on the 2nd training jump and was assigned lookout duty for that season. Maynard came back for the 1945 season and had eight fire jumps.

"The two years in smokejumpers were a time of significant spiritual growth. The early camps consisted mostly of Mennonites with little conflict on doctrine. The smokejumpers contained a broad spectrum of beliefs from radical Pentecostals to modernists. In discussions you either proved your point or you weren't heard."

Maynard graduated from Goshen College in 1953 and achieved advanced degrees in 1954 and 1955. His work at the publishing house began in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1989. He helped shape hundreds of books and helped develop Bible school curricula used by many denominations across North America.