Dr. Joseph Edward Stuteville

Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Dr. Joseph Edward Stuteville passed away on June 10th, 2017. Dr. Stuteville was born in Evanston, Illinois. to Dr Orion H. Stuteville and Mrs Daphne Stuteville.

After graduating from Lenzinzer High School in Hawthorne, CA, as Valedictorian, Dr. Stuteville attended Cal Tech University, in Pasadena, California. After graduating from Cal Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Physics, Dr. Stuteville decided to join the Air Force to learn how to fly. From 1957 through 1965 he flew as a Helicopter Rescue pilot with assignments in Germany, France, Texas, Louisiana, and Thailand. He was inspired by the slogan “So that others may live” which was present on his flight patch. He also flew C130s, and other smaller aircraft during this time.

After not being able to fly commercial air lines when he left the Air Force due to a heart murmur, he decided to rejoin the Air Force and was accepted into Stanford Medical School under the Air Force Medical Program.

In 1970-71 Dr. Stuteville did his internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The following year he did his first year of residency at John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

After completing his year at John’s Hopkins in 1973, he then went to Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. While attending John Hopkins, he also learned how to scuba dive for fun. His last year of residency was at Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City, Texas.

Dr. Stuteville then went on to serve 20 years in the Air Force as a Flight Surgeon after becoming board certified in Aerospace Medicine and later served as a Hospital Commander in more than one hosptial. He finally retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. While serving Dr. Stuteville earned the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, AF Longevity Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Dr. Stuteville then went on to work at NASA’s Kelsey Seybold Clinic in Houston, Texas. He then went on to earn an additional Master’s degree in Computer Science, allowing him to setup the computer systems that let him run Exercise Stress Tests for Astronauts including John Glenn, NASA Employees and even John Denver.

Before retiring he took up running, and ran in several marathons.

Dr. Stuteville was preceded in death by his son Glen Leland, father Dr. Orion H. Stuteville, Mother Daphne Tansel, step-mother Lucille Stuteville, sister Mariland Hartnell, and brother Dr. John Stuteville.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, May Larsen Stuteville, daughter Shirley Manno and son-in-law Charles of Naperville, IL, grandchildren Christopher Steiger and Joseph Manno of Houston. He also leaves behind many relatives and several cherished friends.

Dr. Stuteville was happiest when spending time with his family, working in his garden, and learning something new.

The memorial service for Dr. Stuteville will be held on Saturday 17th, at 2pm at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster. A reception will be held following the memorial service. A committal service will be held at the Houston National Cemetery with full military honors Monday, June 19th, at 10:30am.


  1. Dear May, so very sorry to hear of your loss, may God be with you.

    Mina Beth Howard
  2. Dear May, Shirley, Chuck, Chris and Joey, we are so sorry for your loss. our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Sherry and Ray Marcotte
  3. My condolences to the family. Such an honor to be able to read about James life. Such huge accomplishments. What a joy it will be when we can all be reunited with our dear loved ones. Revelation 21:3,4

  4. My sincere condolences for your great loss. May God, who promises
    to “bind up the brokenhearted” and “comfort all who mourn” be
    with you and sustain your family during this challenging time.
    Isaiah 61:1, 2.

  5. Dear Chris,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and you family in this time of need.

    Kay Peters
  6. Sukha was quite something really special. He kept me going and our work kept him going in a very supportive way. He was largely responsible for much of the transcriptions done, and the original building of our entire Dhamma Library… He was also a great Dhamma Friend and represented the Lay people of the US the year he went to Japan with us. In simple words he was a simple man but highly educated and knowledgeable about Buddhism in the US and other places in the world too… He loved TWIM and privately he used it in his life.. He was a real GEM when it comes to the development of DSMC…. HE WILL BE MISSED… KK

    Sister Khema
  7. I so loved Joe! Your family was in many ways a second family to me. May God comfort you and hold you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.


    Rose Moura

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