I would like to take time to salute a great guy, GEORGE ERBE of Manona, Iowa.
George and his wife Mary came to the Rock River Thresheree for some thirty years. If you never ran across George you missed talking to a great guy! George had his own welding, machine shop and was very good at his trade. Over the years he started making scale model tractors and a scale model tractor and trailer. As his collection grew he had to have someone haul it to shows. He asked his daughter Connie and son-in-law Jim to do the hauling as they own a trucking business.
George came through an operation well but his body was worn out. He passed away May 30, 1996, age 75 years and 6 days.
Submitted by Donald B. Lux, 2444 County Highway J, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546-8758.
A. L. 'SPEED' ROE, a lifetime member of the Farmers' Antique Tractor and Engine Association of Adrian, Michigan, attended his last show at the age of 81. This was one month prior to his death at his Tecumseh, Michigan, home on June 15, 1996.
Speed showed his prized 13 HP double-drum riding lawn roller that was completed in 1995. He liked to say, 'I engineered it and my wife, family and friends built it.'
In his retirement years, Speed enjoyed restoring antique cars, gas and steam engines and tractors, and other projects engineered from 'the blueprints in my head.' Many people considered Speed a mechanical genius.
Over the years, when his failing health would allow, Speed enjoyed attending many of the antique tractor and steam shows in the Michigan, Ohio and Indiana tri-state area. Many people will recall one of his favorite quotes: 'Our friends are the best friends in the world.'
Speed is survived by his beloved wife, 'Tommie' (Blanche), three daughters and numerous other descendants. He was preceded in death by his son in 1978.
The rich legacy of treasured memories Speed left for all who knew him will keep him alive in our hearts for years to come.
Submitted by his family and many friends.
STEVEN A. WELCH, 80, of West-field, Massachusetts, known by many as 'Hacksaw' for his unique way of making 'hit and miss' engines from Briggs and Stratton model FH and FI's, passed away June 4, 1996.
Steve will be sadly missed at engine shows from New England to Florida.
Submitted by friend and fellow Fly-wheeler Bob Gardner, 20 Chestnut Street, Westfield, Massachusetts and 201 Stephens Road, Ruskin, Florida.
LARRY (BUD) KEILY passed away on May 23, 1996 at his home in Butternut, Wisconsin.
Larry worked for Marquip, Inc. in Phillips, Wisconsin, for fifteen years.
He only started collecting and restoring gas engines 13 years ago when he went to his first show in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Shortly after the show he bought his first engine, a 1 HP Economy. Then he had the 'bug' to find more.
Larry also had a collection of air cooled engines and had restored a 1926 Star car engine from which he had hoped to make a scale size tractor.
Larry was a founding member of the Eagle River Gas and Steam Engine Club in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
He enjoyed working with his engines and always had a smiling face and helping hands for anyone who needed help.
Larry is survived and deeply missed by his wife Jean and daughter Heather, who have promised to continue on in his memory. He has also left behind some wonderful and lasting friendships which resulted from his love of 'old iron.'
Submitted by Jean Keily, PO Box 231, Butternut, Wisconsin 54514.
RONALD W. HANEY SR., age 62 of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, passed away April 29, 1996. He is survived by his wife Janet, son Ronald and grandson Luke.
He retired last November, having been better known as 'Haney's Junk.' Ronald was instrumental in forming the Pocono Old-Tyme Farm Equipment Association.
As a boy growing up he worked on farms, and he himself was a part-time farmer for 25 years. He was a gas engine expert and through several articles in GEM he received calls and mail from all over the USA and European countries. He consequently became very close friends with private collectors in Holland, Huub and Nell v. d. Ven, who came to America to visit when Mr. Haney took ill.
At local fairs and shows he was always busy grinding fresh roasted corn meal. Ronald was interested in showing the younger generation how things were done on the farm years ago, and nothing was too much work for him.
He is sadly missed at the shows, but vividly remembered in his plaid shirt and bib overalls.
Submitted by family and friends.