Dr. Gene Stutsman
We are pleased to recognize another Vibrant Person today. Dr. Gene Stutsman!!
Dr. Gene is a retired Goshen dentist and a life-long resident of Goshen. “I can’t think of any better place to live.” Dr. Gene, his wife, Ann, all three of his children and 10 grandchildren live in Goshen. His son, Dr. Chad Stutsman and his wife, Danielle continue Stutsman Dentistry, providing dental care to many Goshen residents. Daughter, Kimberly and her family live in the family farmhouse. We heard he knows Goshen’s mayor, Jeremy Stutsman pretty well too.
Through Smiles for Life, whitening patients teeth, Dr. Gene and later with his son and daughter-in-law have raised over $200,000 for children through Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Charity. Half of that came back to the Goshen Boys & Girls Club to support their efforts to empower and inspire area youth.
Dr. Gene has been giving hot air balloon rides for over 32 years. He has organized the balloon event at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair for 30 years. He says, “It is always special to see the smiles of excitement on the faces of the riders as well as the people we fly over.”
As much as he likes soaring in a balloon, Dr. Gene enjoys flying remote control model airplanes. He builds and flies warbirds and other classic planes. He gets to keep his feet on the ground while putting his planes through their aerial paces. Dr. Gene also gets a kick out of helping new members of the Millersburg RC Modellers Club.
Dr. Gene and Ann also have a bit of wanderlust. Together they have ridden their Harley Davidson in all 50 states.
Dr. Stutsman has done and continues to do his part to make Elkhart County a more Vibrant Community. He is a fine man, a good friend and an inspiration to all.