ELDON P. OWENS, 79, life long resident of Jefferson, Iowa, died from the ravages of bone cancer on December 13, 1992.
A retired employee of the Iowa Department of Transportation, Roads Dept., his career spanned from 1942 until his 1976 retirement as a maintenance foreman. His career was interrupted by WW II service as an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Force.
It was probably that experience which lead to an interest in the 'ole one lungers.' His understanding of engine design and operation, plus a great love and respect for the 'rustic iron' lead to his collection of finely tuned, smooth running engines.
Though he was not a big collector in numbers, his skills in fabricating broken or lost parts produced products which prompted many others to persue restorations of their own. His knowledge and abilities were available to any and all who sought his advice for help.
Besides his interest in area shows and swap meets, he also was well skilled with woodworking tools. Many different projects from furniture to toys and model building, were the result. He was responsible for interesting people to many hobbies including one lungers.
An ordinary, slight built man, he was a big, big man in possession of knowledge and the manner in which his life had been lived. His passing will leave a void but one of great memories to his wife, Helen; son, Dick; daughter, Joyce; several brothers and sisters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a countless host of friends.
If there be any mechanical problems in the hereafter, Eldon will be among those involved in seeking a solution. May he now rest in Peace.
Submitted by Frank Light, (friend of a friend), Rt. 1, Box 92, Callender, Iowa 50523.
RICHARD HUNT, SR., 74, of Holland, Ohio died December 6, 1992. A retired tool and die maker, he was a WW II Army Master Sergeant, and life long resident of Holland, Ohio.
Richard was an avid collector and restorer of antique engines and equipment. He also liked to attend most local shows with his favorite, his Waterloo 8 HP engine.
He was a long time member of the National Threshers Association and a charter member of the Holland High-wheelers Engine Club.
He is survived by sons, Richard, Jr., Ronald, Robert, Rem, and many grandchildren.
Submitted by Robert Hunt, 12378 Road 6, Delta, Ohio 43515.
PETER L. SCHMITZ, 38, of New Weston, Ohio, died in a tragic auto accident December 21, 1992. His is survived by his wife, Sharon and their son, Joseph O. Schmitz.
Most of Peter's life was spent as farmer, electrical engineer and restorer of antique gas engines and tractors. There wasn't an engine or transmission he wouldn't try to repair. If he couldn't find a part, he would make it. He attended all the local engine shows, auctions and swap meets. He was a charter member of Tri-State Tractor and Engine Association and Greenville Steam Threshing Association.
He will be greatly missed by his fellow members and friends, who will remember him smiling, next to his show displays.
Submitted by Mrs. Peter Schmitz, 14938 Cochran Road, New Weston, Ohio 45348.
LA VERNE JANOVSKY, 61, known as 'Leggy,' died suddenly at his home December, 23, 1992.
Born on the home farm in LeSueur County on September 21, 1931, to Albert and Mary Janovsky, he attended rural elementary school in LeSueur County and Sherman High School in Montgomery, Minnesota.
He was married to Evelyn Reak, May 5, 1951. She died in 1988. La Verne farmed and drove a school bus for 32 years for the Montgomery, School District. He also worked as a driver for We sterman Lumber Company and Gemstone Cement.
Hs is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen and John Segna, Bonnie and Steve Flicek of Montgomery; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Karla Janovsky and Timothy and Sheila Janovsky all of Montgomery; his mother, Mary Duffney and eight grandchildren.
He was an active member of the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association. He will be remembered as the man with the llamas. He enjoyed working and showing his llamas at various parades throughout the county.
La Verne's friendly smile and personality will be missed by all his Pioneer Power friends.
Submitted by Betty Sticha, Director of LeSueur Co. Pioneer Power Association, LeSueur, Minnesota.
Southern Ontario lost an ardent engine show supporter and collector when WALTER ELLIS died on December 22, 1992. He was born in Middlesex County not far from London, Ontario, in 1911 where he lived all of his life.
He was co-founder of the Tri-County Heritage Club, and was a very active member of many Southern Ontario shows and a lifetime member of several others. Walter was a very imaginative, creative man who came up with something unique and original every year. The last project he worked on was the restoration of six Ellis engines which were mounted on wagons built from scratch. Since then the collection has grown to eight. This was the fulfillment of a dream which made him very happy. Walter also wrote poetry, some of which was published in this magazine.
Walter was a widower, and is survived by one son, Donald, and was predeceased by his daughter Barbara. He had seven grandchildren, and one great grandson. Walter will be deeply missed by all his family and friends for he was one of those great people you meet only at engine shows.
Submitted by Mrs. Alice Ferguson, 125 Raywood Ave., London, Ontario, Canada N6C 1Y8.