Rick Phillips, born May 7, 1953, died April 27, 2002, was the greatest father a son could ever have. Dad was crazy about John Deere tractors (he had a 1010 Special that was in midrestore) and Olivers (he was working an Oliver crawler at the age of 12). Dad loved anything with an engine that he could build up, but mostly he loved his family. He could always be found plowing the field or picking strawberries on a warm summer afternoon. He and my mother also restored Volkswagons - he rebuilt the engines, my mother fixed the interiors and I painted them. He was a great carpenter, as well, and there isn't a structure he could not have built.
Although he passed these traits on, he is sadly missed in so many ways. He and his father were very close, and they liked to fish, farm and just tinker around in the barn. They lived next to each other and shared a large field, which always yielded the best fruits and vegetables (and made a great motocross track in the off seasons). We all miss you and love you so very much. And dad, wait up for Gramps and me. When we meet again, we'll plow the clouds together.
Submitted by Brian and Charles Phillips, Jackson, Mich.
Carmac Corbitt, 76, passed away Dec. 30, 2002 in Temple, Texas. Mac was in the garage and body shop business in Dalhart, Texas, before moving to Temple. He and his brother, Ernest, were the Maytag dealers for the Temple/Waco Area.
Mac loved restoring one- and two-cylinder Maytag washing machines. Many people referred to him as 'Mr. Maytag' and knew he was the authority on Maytag products, with more parts in stock than anyone in the area. Mac also restored farm engines and won many awards for his engines at shows.
He also loved restoring Model A Fords. Mac and a son, Stan, restored three for themselves and many more for other people. There were never any street rods or 'hop jobs,' only factory-correct restorations. His great joy was taking the Fords to nursing homes so residents could see them and enjoy them again.
Mac was a life member of the Texas Early Day Engine and Tractor Assn. in Temple. He is survived by one son, Stan Corbitt, of Temple; three grandchildren, who will inherit the Model As; and one great-grandson.
Submitted by Stan Corbitt, Temple, Texas
Kenneth Fullmer, 91, passed away on Christmas Day, 2002, at his home in Williamsport, Pa. Kenny was an avid collector and restorer of old iron. He was especially proud of his collection of HP to 2 HP engines, of which he had more than 30. He began collecting and restoring engines in the 1970s and continued doing so up until the time of his death. Kenny displayed his handiwork at many fairs and engine meets in north central Pennsylvania and southern Upstate New York. In addition to his interest in and love of small gas engines, he also restored a 1940 Chevrolet and a 1941 Plymouth. Kenny will be missed for his love for the out-of-doors and old iron. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son; and several step-children.
Submitted by Jim Peddle, Ventura, Calif.