VICTOR A. ANDERSON, 73, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 1995.
Vic was born in Lyle, Minnesota, on July 1, 1921. He was a tractor mechanic for hold Implement of Osseo, Wisconsin, and then for Eau Claire Co-Op Oil until his retirement several years ago.
He collected tractors and gas engines for many years and had one of the finest collections in the area. He was always seen at several of the area engine shows and auctions and proudly exhibited some of his fine engines at the shows until he started having some health problems a couple of years ago. Even though he became just a spectator, he always enjoyed the shows and always looked for a good bargain.
Vic had no brothers or sisters and was never married. He is survived by four cousins and his family of friends.
Victor will be sadly missed by all of us, along with his helping hand and the knowledge he was always willing to share.
Submitted by Randy Ackley, 21321 County X, Cadott, Wisconsin 54727.
LEE ROY WORKMAN, 79, of In-man, South Carolina, passed away April 13,1995 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after several years of declining health.
He was born in Spartanburg County and lived most of his life in and around Spartanburg. He was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church, Inman.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Essie Mae Hudgins Workman. He is survived by eight children, four boys and four girls, twenty grandchildren, and his wife Dorothy Cox Workman. Also surviving are two brothers and three sisters.
Lee Roy was a retired mechanic from Spartanburg County Maintenance Shop. Most of his adult life was spent in construction work and heavy equipment repair and maintenance.
Lee Roy was a U. S. Army veteran, honorably discharged after service in the Philippines during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 45, Foothills Antique Power Association, Spartanburg, and Apple Country Engine and Tractor Association, Hendersonville, North Carolina.
He was an avid collector of antique gas engines and pocketknives for many, many years. His knowledge and insight into this hobby will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to antique power, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Submitted by good friends Rachel and Herman Davis, Foothills Antique Power Association, 171 Old Clark Road, Inman, South Carolina 29349.
BILL NEATHERLIN, 66, died April 18, 1995. Bill was born in Beaver, Oklahoma, and lived the last 49 years in Placerville, California. Bill was a longtime member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch 13. He served as editor of the Chugger newsletter in 1983 and 1984. He was president of Branch 13 for four years, 1986-1989, and National President of EDGE&TA for one term, 1988-1989. He was the second Branch 13 member to serve as National President of EDGE & TA, with Lou Chapo being the first. Bill served as Chairman of the 1993 EDGE&TA National Show and Meeting at Grass Valley, producing one of the best National Shows in memory. Finally, he was Branch 13's National Director in 1994-1995.
Bill moved to California at the age of 17, where he worked at Placerville Lumber Company, doing everything from felling trees to general yard work. Eventually he became a sawyer, where he operated the first automated sawmill in California. He said he could operate the whole works with nine buttons, five pedals, and a good pair of sneakers!
Bill was primarily interested in collecting and restoring one lunger engines. He also like trains and made several trips to ride on historic trains in various parts of the country. He attended most of the National Shows of EDGE&TA, and had friends in most branches.
Bill was a dedicated family man and was very close to his wife, Dollie, two daughters, Karen and Kathy, four grandsons, and one great-grandson.
Bill was one of the inspirations and driving forces who made Branch 13 the successful club that it is today. He will be remembered for the countless hours he spent to make each Gas-Up a great one. He often did this at the expense of his own play time with his engines. He was always supportive of the new members and went out of his way to help them when he could. We were privileged to have been in his company and all of his friends, especially those in Branch 13, will feel his absence for a long time to come.
Submitted by John Boehm, 14151 Co. Rd. 98A, Woodland, California 95695, with help from John Paur, Dave Traver, and Rich Hagerty.