RICHARD (DICK) H. GEYER, died February 7, 1995. He was born August 7, 1921, and lived his entire life in the Manchester, South Dakota, community. He attended county grade school and graduated from Manchester High School in 1939. He worked for a short time on the farm before entering the US Navy. Dick served in World War II in the Pacific and was in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in August 1946.
Dick was engaged in farming until the time of his death. He enjoyed collecting antiques and displaying his collectibles. He was the sponsor of the annual Pioneer Gas and Steam Show held every year on Father's Day weekend for the past 27 years. He belonged to several clubs for cars, tractors and gas engines. He displayed antique machinery for 25 years at the South Dakota State Fair.
Among survivors who are grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joyce, of DeSmet, South Dakota; five sons, Ronald (Linda) of DeSmet; Wayne (Carol) of DeSmet; Jerry of Huron, South Dakota; Danny (Linda), of DeSmet; and Rex (Lynette), of DeSmet; one daughter Bonnie Geyer of Huron, South Dakota; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Patti Christensen, Box 85, Lennox, South Dakota 57039.
WARREN S. PORTER, age 73, of Lathrop, Missouri, died February 7, 1995 after a long battle with cancer.
After graduating from high school he was employed by Porterfield Aircraft to build gliders. He was called to the Army and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he flew in gliders.
After his discharge from the Army, he farmed and later became interested in collecting and restoring tractors and gas engines. He was a charter member and tireless worker in the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Club. He attended many shows and his 'special' was driving his restored 1918 Moline with a mowing machine.
Warren attended the first show at the Missouri State Fair for restored tractors called 'The Best of the Best.' He won first prize for the oldest tractor and first prize for best restored. This happened the next year also, but after that Warren would not enter the competition. He just exhibited his tractors.
He was a gifted mechanic and built, from parts gathered at different places and gifts from friends, a 1919 Smith Farm A Truck. It is a wonderful piece of work and his grandson Andrew drove it in the parade in June. His Moline will continue to be exhibited at shows.
GEM was the first thing he read each month.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, a son, daughter, four stepchildren and eight grandchildren.
Warren will be remembered as the 'Moline Man,' and for his willingness to help friends with problems in tractors and engines. A memorial is established to build a museum at the Lathrop Show Grounds where his restored tractors and other antiques will be displayed.
Submitted by his wife Virginia, Rt. 2, Box 201, Lathrop, Missouri 64465.
PHIL BAKER, 82, of Keyser, West Virginia, passed away on July 9, 1995. Phil was born February 18, 1913 in Burlington, West Virginia, and lived in the Burlington/Keyser area all his life.
He was a sign painter by trade, founding the Neet Sign Company, but his skills and interests ranged far and wide. He was involved in restorations of antique cars, airplanes, advertising memorabilia, and antique tools. He was skilled in both wood and metal turning, as well as fine woodworking, and a wide range of other hand crafts.
In his role as sign painter, he lettered everything from restored antique cars and airplanes, gold leafed window signs, and neon signs, to a large portion of his extensive collection of gas engines. In addition to fine paint jobs and lettering on restored engines, he machined parts, crafted fine wood frame wagons for their display, and researched their history.
He began his antique engine collection in the 1960s, expanding and improving its quality through the years. He was a regular exhibitor at Berryville, Virginia; New Centreville, Pennsylvania; Wolfsville, Maryland, and others, as well as being a knowledgeable resource person to all who knew him.
In addition to operating his sign business, he served as Maintenance Supervisor at Potomac State College for 10 years.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served in Newfoundland in reconnaissance photography. He was a West Virginia 4-H All Star and a member of several civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Edna (Porter) Baker, and three daughters.
Submitted by his daughter, Sue Bowers, 9024 Charles Augustine Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22308.
We note the passing of Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association National President Jack Versteeg's father, and of BILL NEATHERLIN. An active member of Branch 13, Bill passed away April 18, 1995. He served as EDGE&TA National President in 1988-1989.
Submitted by Charley Stark, National Vice President, EDGE&TA.