By Family of John Schatz, reprinted from Springfield News-Leader March 17, 2013
John Dewey Schatz was born February 15, 1921, and passed away February 3, 2013. A Cape Girardeau native, John studied at the University of Toledo for a year before joining the US Navy. After World War II, he completed his education and taught at UMC.
In 1950 John came to SMS, now MSU, where he taught for 37 years and was head of the Agriculture Department for 12 years also. John enjoyed teaching and is remembered fondly by many of his students.
Because of his love of nature and the outdoors John maintained a tree nursery while teaching and in his retirement years.
A celebration of John’s life will be held on March 23, 2013 at 3 pm at the Greenlawn South Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John D. Schatz Scholarship at MSU.