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Thomas (Tommy) E. Hoodenpyle, 76, Earlington, Ky., passed away on Dec. 30, 2003. Tommy was a founding member of the International Harvester Collectors Kentucky Chapter 24, holding membership number eight. He was an Army veteran, a member of the Masonic Order, and a member of the American Legion and Salvation Army Board of Directors. Tommy was an enthusiastic collector of International Harvester tractors (his F-20 looked new), and he will be missed at our Red Power shows and meetings.

Submitted by International Harvester Collectors, Kentucky Chapter 24

Chan Mason, Oneida, N.Y., passed away suddenly at the age of 67 on Nov. 29, 2003. He was an avid, long-time engine collector, buying and selling between 200 and 300 engines.

His most notable engine was a 6 HP circa-1903 Badger made by C.P.&J. Lawson, one of perhaps three or four known to exist. This engine was featured in the January 2001 GEM. His other favorite engine, which he often ran at shows such as Flywheels and Pulleys Club Old Time Gas and Steam Show in Constableville, N.Y., and at Coolsprings, Pa., was a 22-1/2 HP circa-1910 Bessemer two-cycle oil field engine. He also wrote several articles for Gas Engine Magazine, most recently in the March 2003 issue.

Chan was a photographer and salesman by trade. A true renaissance man, he had multiple talents and interests including music, trains, flying, skiing, fishing and snorkeling. Survivors include his wife, Kay, and children, Beth, Chris and David, and their families.

Submitted by Kay Mason and Beth Mason

Russell Eugene Cooperrider, 79, of Glenford, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at his residence.

Russell was born April 1, 1924, in Glenford. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Glenford and worked as a farmer. He was a member of the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association in Portland, Ind., Stumptown Steam Threshers Club, Stumptown, Ohio, and was an avid gas engine collector for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Hazel Clara (Justice) Cooperrider; three daughters, Linda Wolfe of Columbus, Ohio, Carol Garrett of Columbus, Joyce Ford of Pickerington, Ohio; a son, Jim (Rose) Cooperrider of Hebron, Ohio; one daughter-in-law; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Dennis Swingley, Thornville, Ohio, and Leroy Clark, Wharton, Ohio

Bob Burkholder, Mt. Crawford, Va., died on Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at the age of 83. For 35 years he was an engine and tractor collector and restorer, and for the last few years a model engine builder. He attended 16 to 18 engine shows each year in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, showing and trading his model engines.

He is survived by three sons; Harold, Owen and Richard; a daughter, Patricia; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and many engine friends.

Submitted by the Burkholder family

Gilbert E. Fox, 78, of O'Neill, Neb., passed away on Feb. 18, 2004. Gilbert was known to many as 'The Gade Man.' He enjoyed researching and keeping a registry of all the Gade gasoline engines he could locate. Gilbert traveled to many states and shows, sharing his passion for Gade engines with hobbyists across the country.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Doris, in December 2003. He is survived by three daughters; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was loved by his family and many friends, and will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Michele Kolbo, McCook, Neb., and Marcie Kostrunek, Cozad, Neb.

Kenneth Kinnear, East Angus, Quebec, Canada, age 75, passed away on Nov. 20, 2003.

Born and raised on the family farm at East Angus, Kenneth went to trade school and later built a shop on the corner of the family farm where he repaired, built and maintained equipment for farmers and small businesses. He was a natural born mechanic, and with a piece of wire, a pair of pliers and a screw driver, he could make any engine run.

He collected old cars and engines, and also owned and used the original Ford 9N his father bought new. He was a staunch member of the Eastern Township Antique Machinery Club. He enjoyed going to shows with his engines and helping others solve their engine problems.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Alice Dearden; a son, Randy; two daughters, Shelly and Sandra; one grandson; and two step-granddaughters. He was one of the last of the great old mechanics and is greatly missed by all.

Submitted by Wells Coates, Westbury, Quebec, Canada