Herman O. Drabenstott

Herman Ott Drabenstott, 97, of Kansas City, MO, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Mr. Drabenstott earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 1941 and a Master of Science in statistics from Iowa State University in 1947. During World War II, he gave more than three years of alternative service as a conscientious objector, including an extended time at the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. He returned to Indiana to operate the family farm and purchased a farm in Wells County, where he grew certified seed soybeans among other things. In 1960, he became one of the first group of “Sputnik teachers” after joining a National Science Foundation program at New Mexico State University designed to produce more science and math teachers in response to the first satellite launch by the Soviets.

He taught math and science for more than 25 years, first at Rockcreek School in Wells County and later at Kekionga Junior High School in Fort Wayne. He moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1997.

He was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Huntington County to Ernest and Laura Ott Drabenstott. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vivian E. Johnson Drabenstott.

Additional survivors include two sons, Jon Drabenstott, of Ypsilanti, MI, and Mark (Peggy) Drabenstott, of Kansas City, MO; a daughter, Jane (Jim) Szabo, of Waldport, OR; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Pine Ridge Church, Kansas City, MO. A second service will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at noon at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee St., Markle. Interment will be at Star of Hope Cemetery, Huntington County.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation or the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in care of Myers Funeral Home, PO Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.

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