Reece McLean, Lenoir, N.C., passed away June 21, 2003, after a brief bout with pneumonia and other complications. Reece, a longtime member of the Carolina Flywheelers Engine Club of Boone, N.C., was 66 years old. He was a United States Army Veteran, retired machine operator and of the Baptist faith. Reece was a fine man, very humble and a willing helper. He enjoyed coon hunting, raising apples, looking for ginseng and working with his small engines. He was also very devoted to his family. Surviving is his wife, Mabel; son Walter; and two grandchildren, David and Bridgette.
Submitted by Betty Hodges
Alvin L. Warrington, 86, of Arlington Heights, Ill., died Jan. 25, 2003. He was born Dec. 15, 1916, in Hampshire, Kane County, Ill.
Alvin grew up on a dairy farm north of Hampshire where he learned how to fix just about anything. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving six years during World War II in the North Atlantic, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas. He ended his career as a Chief Motor Machinist Mate. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 981, Arlington Heights, and was a retired employee of Material Service.
Alvin's hobby was repairing old gas engines, and he was a member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Association and the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, attending annual shows where he exhibited his 1943 Willys Model MB Jeep and Ml00 trailer that he purchased in Capua, Italy, at the end of his military career. He drove the Jeep in many local parades and enjoyed reminiscing about his Navy career.
Alvin's final wish was for the Jeep to be donated to a museum, and in April four of his children and his brother, Dean, delivered the jeep and trailer to The Navy Museum in Washington, D.C., where it will be part of a display that will include World War II Landing Craft and Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP).
Survivors include his wife, Mary (Burke) Warrington; his former wife Angela (Cassara) Warrington, and their seven children; Mary Warren, Jack Warrington, Rose Fonter, Alva Kreutzer, Alan Warrington, Lillian Warrington and Anna Slubowski, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Dean, Lloyd, Roy and Gene and his sister, Marian Bohl.
Submitted by Dean Warrington