Marion Stackhouse, a farmer from Westfield, received a B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1947 after serving as a field artillery officer in World War II. He currently serves as president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., having been elected to that position in 1976. Before, Stackhouse served 14 years as director of the organization's commodity department. Earlier he served as a Farm Bureau field man in northeastern Indiana and as a vocational agriculture teacher in Kosciusko County.
During his years as head of Indiana Farm Bureau, the organization's program of service to farmers has been strengthened significantly. A national affairs committee was established and an administrative department head was hired for the women's program. A family advisory service and a commodity promotion workshop were established. Indiana Farm Bureau joined with Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Association and several other U.S. co-ops to invest in an international grain trading company.
He has served as a member of the dairy, swine and beef advisory committees to the State Board of Health, the executive committee of Indiana Pork Producers, and the Purdue Dean of Agriculture's Advisory Council" among many other functions.
While serving. Indiana agriculture in many ways Stackhouse has retained his active interest in farming, has encouraged young farmers and has joined his family in carrying on their leadership in local church and community affairs.