RICHARD H. (DICK) WILCOX, 72, of Marcellus, New York, passed away on September 22, 1994. Dick was born on July 25, 1922, in Fayetteville, New York. He moved to Borodino, New York, at the age of two.
He enlisted in the 108th Army Air Corps at the age of eighteen. He became a P-51 fighter pilot in World War II, and later an instructor at West Point. After his Army tour was over, he married Leona Murphy of Otisco Valley, New York. They have three children: Jerry, Gary, and Christine.
Dick was a self-employed contractor, being in the excavating business, and later years home building, plumbing, heating, and electrical.
Being an accomplished machinist, Dick built and displayed many interesting models. He also collected and restored gas engines and tractors. He was a member of various clubs, including Hay Creek Valley Historical Association, the Southern Tier Antique Gas and Steam Engine Association, and the New York State Gas and Steam Engine Association. Dick also owned a Cessna 150 which he enjoyed flying. I was privileged to know Dick but for a few short years; we became good friends. He was always willing to help out, and was interested in seeing the younger members' involvement in this hobby. He will be missed by all who knew him. Thanks Dick, it was a pleasure knowing you!
Submitted by Rick Collis, 787 Markham Hollow Road, Tully, New York 13159.
I enclose an obituary (above right) for BOBBY THURMAN, who was a member of the Georgia Antique Engine Club.
Submitted by Frank Canfield, 1584 Drayton Woods Dr., Tucker, Georgia 30084.
In memory of KENSEL (KENNY) KILEN of Tiffin, Ohio, who died February 28, 1995, following a short illness.
Born March 11, 1908, he married Mattie Mathias on January 11, 1941. She survives, also three sons, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Kenny was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, and the Seneca Antique Machinery Association.
He worked at the National Machinery Company for 27 years and was retired from there for 27 years.
He loved going to the shows and tinkering in his workshop. He is very much missed by his family and many friends.
Submitted by his son, Dave Kilen, 965 N. Twp. Road 73, Tiffin, Ohio 44883-9654.
JESSE DOBSON passed away February 1993. He was an engine collector and attended many shows. He is survived by Arlene Dobson, his wife.
I have Jesse's 3 HP Reeves and his 1972 -ton Chevy truck he took to the shows. Many of his old friends recognize the truck at shows and will sit and talk about their memories of Jesse. Jesse was responsible for my interest in old iron. I am new at the antique engine and tractor area but since attending shows in Kentucky, Indiana, and Oklahoma, I can assure you that you won't meet nicer people anywhere.
Submitted by Chester Davhson, 3101 St. Anthony Gardens Drive #9, Louisville, Kentucky 40214.
It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of EARL W. HILL SINGER. a frequent contributor to GEM, including the cover picture and story in September '86. Earl held membership in about every club in central New York and surrounding areas. He also corresponded and shipped parts, 'as patterns to be cast' to people as far away as Belgium.
I guess three things can be said: 1) It came quick; 2) He will be missed by friends around the world; 3) God must have needed some help restoring rusty iron.
Submitted by Barry T. Mugglin, 6467 Co. Rt. 4, Central Square, New York 13036.