Verle Johnson, 78, of Marseilles, Ill., died Nov. 25, 2004, at Riverside Nursing Home after a short stay.
Verle was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Miller Township, Ill. He married June Wicks May 29, 1948, in Seneca, Ill., and farmed his entire life. He served on the Miller Township Board and was Township clerk for 24 years. Verle was a member of the Stavanger Lutheran Church, the IHC Collectors Club, the LaSalle County Farm Bureau, the Civil Defense and the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club, where he served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer over the years.
His wife, two sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren survive him.
While Verle enjoyed going to shows and exhibiting his equipment, most of what he took was the equipment he used on the farm. They weren't really antiques to him, but a way of life that he liked to show other people.
Verle was always willing to help out with whatever project needed done and still found time to restore some exceptional equipment. Verle's passing has left us with some very large shoes to fill. 73.
Submitted by Ray Forrer, Sandwich Early Day Engine Club, Somonauk, Ill.
Charles "Charlie" Schilkofski, a long-time flywheel gas engine enthusiast, died Feb. 4, 2005, at the age of 83. He was a lifelong farmer in Hudson, Ill. Charlie was also a lifelong collector of all sorts of antiques, tack for horses and fire trucks. He loved woodworking and built one of the best collections of antique flywheel gas engines.
For the last 20 years plus, you could always find him attending at least 25 antique gas engine shows in Illinois a year, proudly showing off engines with engine trucks and wooden wagons he had built. At one time, his engine collection numbered over 100.
His wife, Helen, a daughter Jeanette and two sons, Michael and Paul, survive him. He made many friends at the shows. He really missed seeing his friends and going to the shows last year due to his health.
Submitted by Michael Schilkofski, Bloomington, Ill.