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TOM 'TOMMY' LEWIS, 68, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio passed away August 28, 1990. He died trying to shield two bank employees with his own body during a bank robbery. One of the employees was also shot to death and the second was critically injured.

Tom was a peace loving man who never owned a weapon. He was a Medic during World War II, and was active in the V.F.W. He was employed by the town of Pleasant Hill, Ohio and worked at the cemetery. He was known as the 'Mayor of Marble City, with 2500 people under him.'

Tom was a charter member of the Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Portland, Indiana. He was extremely proud and delighted with the special plaque awarded to the charter members at the 25th anniversary Portland Show on the Saturday before his death.

He loved to rebuild an old rusty wreck of an engine and get it running like a top. He was a great swapper and trader, and must have owned a third of the engines in this part of the country at one time or another.

Tom was well known at all the engine shows in western Ohio and eastern Indiana. He was deeply respected by all who knew him and he loved all his friends. We miss him so very much.

He is survived by his sister, Ellen Mae Murphy, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio.

Submitted by Ed T. Hufnal, 208Perm Road Troy, Ohio 45373.

WALTON 'PERCY' GOESCH passed away August 23, 1990, in Turlock, California. Percy was 85 years young. He was born in Geneva, Nebraska December 18, 1904. Percy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Esther, and their three sons, Gerald of Martinez, Garland of Modesto and Gordon of Washington. Percy and Esther have lived in Hughson, California for the past 51 years. He is also survived by three sisters, 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Percy was a farmer and carpenter, and had not yet retired from these professions. He continued to be active in his community and had several hobbies that kept him busy. He had an engine collection that was a familiar sight at the Stanislaus County Fair, as were his engineer's cap and overalls. Percy spent many hours demonstrating how his gasoline engines worked. He and Esther received the School Bell Award in 1969, from the California Teachers Association for their contributions to education.

Percy was a self-proclaimed sentimentalist who saved almost everything, even his baby crib. He would say 'Don't throw that out, I might use that someday.' This led to a very large collection of gas engines and anything you could imagine. Everyone knew Percy. Many times people would stop him on the street and talk to him only to find out later that neither he or his wife, Esther, had ever met the person.

Percy was the past district Grand Master of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Hughson. He was a member of the following clubs: Western Heritage Engines, Antiques, Tractors, Inc. (W.H.E.A.T.); Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Br.#3, Br.#6, Br.#9, Br.#13, and Br.#22; The Sparkplug Collectors of America; Wooden Windmill Association; and the Sugar Packet Collectors Club International.

In 1975 Percy located and purchased a 110 HP Continental Gin engine, in Yuma, Arizona. This engine was purchased by Percy and several other engine collectors and brought back to Turlock where these men formed the Continental 7-110 Club of Turlock. The club restored this engine and it was featured in the January/February 1979 issue of Gas Engine Magazine.

Percy, you are going to be missed very much by a lot of people whose lives you touched and influenced by the laughter and the love you so willingly generated, wherever you were, and wherever you went.

Submitted by Roger D. Green, his grandson, 3355 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, California 95351.

BENJAMIN OLSZEWSKI of Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania was born March 2nd, 1917 and passed away August 25, 1990.

He was a member of several antique machinery clubs including Buffalo Valley Antique Machinery Association and Loyal sock Valley Antique Machinery Association. He was a machinist and a woodworking expert. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and buddies who shared so much with him.

Submitted by Ruth House knecht RD #4, Muncy, Pennsylvania. (717) 584-3468.