| April/May 1994

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

DAN KIEKHAFER, 63, of Colfax, Wisconsin, passed away on January 19, 1994. He was born March 31, 1930, in rural Colfax, and was a lifetime resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and was employed at UW Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin as a master carpenter.

Dan was an avid gas engine collector and model maker, but will be remembered most for his incredible workmanship on building a 1/6 scale, working model of the Phoenix steam log hauler. He spent around seven years taking measurements, making his own castings, etc., for this wonderful piece of history. A full size log hauler and Dan's model were the featured machinery at 27th annual show in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1990. Every detail was painstakingly done and nothing was overlooked as were the beautiful restorations on his gas engines and other model making. He was a member of the Chippewa Valley Antique Engine and Model Club of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and the Hungry Hollow Steam and Gas Engine Club of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Michael; stepson Chris; stepdaughters, Sue and Katheryn; brother, Gordy; sister, Karen; and four grandchildren.

Dan will be sadly missed by his family, friends and fellow engine buffs, but the good Lord above must have been having problems with his engines and needed an expert Dan was an expert!

Submitted by Randy Ackley, 21321 County X, Cadott, Wisconsin 54727.

GLENN ASHCRAFT, 74, of Route 2, Mannington, West Virginia, Wyatt Community, died December 27, 1993 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, West Virginia following a sudden heart attack.