BILL PHILLIPS, 81 years of age, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away
on March 7, 1996 at North Fort Myers, Florida, where he had spent
the winter months for the past 17 years.
He had been a member of several antique machinery shows within
150 miles of his home in Cincinnati, and he was a lifetime member
of the Rushville, Indiana, show.
During the years prior to his retirement, he had been a crane
Bill had collected many items of antique machinery during his
lifetime, most of which were small enough to be transported on his
tandem-axle trailer behind his pickup truck. One of his favorite
exhibits was his Rumely 15-25 L OilPull.
He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed attending these antique
machinery shows and visiting with their many friends.
Bill will be sadly missed by many friends, wife Helen, and
Submitted try his friends, Edwin Lee and Connee Lee Fiscus.
MERLE BARNES, born April 6, 1911, near Yates Center, Kansas,
went to be with his Lord September 7,1996.
His beloved wife, Patricia, passed away January 19, 1995 after
almost 60 years together. They were active members of Boise First
Church of the Nazarene in Boise, Idaho.
Merl had a small collection of antiques. He helped a lot of
collectors get their projects going by making gears and other parts
that they could not otherwise find.
His passing leaves Leona and Earl Sutton, David and Vernice
Barnes, Lawrence and Susan Barnes and Gary and Doris Barnes, plus
11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Gary W. Barnes, 4215 Hoover, Boise, Idaho
ADEN HAWBAKER, 76, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, passed away
July 28,1996, following an extended illness.
Aden was a charter member and first president of the Cumberland
Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Association in Chambersburg.
He was known far and wide by antique engine collectors as a
‘Doctor of Magnetos,’ and a friend to all. He helped
countless engine hobbyists solve problems.
He proudly displayed the only known Chambersburg-Quincy Air
Compressor combination, and an early Thermoil Diesel engine which
Aden was the founder/owner of C. V. Diesel Company and Antrim
Diesel in Greencastle. He served in WW II on the USS Crosley as an
engine room fireman. He was an active member of the Chambersburg
Church of the Brethren. Many community organizations counted on
Aden is missed by his family and the many friends he made while
attending engine meets throughout the Maryland, Virginia,
Aden’s first wife, Helen, who was also active in the
CVAEAMA, preceded him death in 1992.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth L. Meyers Hawbaker; two sons,
Donald R. of Greencastle; and Carl A. of Chambersburg; three
sisters, one brother, and a stepson; and five grandchildren.
Submitted by Alton Good, 5380 Swope Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201
& Bill Storms, 213 Allison St., Greencastle, PA 17225.
PRICE BRUBAKER, 83, of Prairie City, Iowa, passed away July 6,
1996, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; a
son, Dennis; a daughter, Colleen; and nine grandchildren.
He was a charter member of the Central Hawkeye Gas Engine and
Tractor Association where he had served as president and
His special interest was Rumely Oil Pull tractors of which he
was an avid and knowledgeable collector and restorer. He was widely
known among other Rumely collectors.
A partner in the family farm implement business from which he
retired in 1970, he was a lifelong member of the Prairie City
Church of the Brethren.
He will be fondly remembered by his many friends in the world of
gas engines and tractors, as well as many others, and especially by
Submitted by Doyle & Maxine Brubaker, 206 East 19th Street
N, Newton, Iowa 50208.
GORDON ELKINGTON, of Highgate, Ontario, 86 years of age, passed
away on September 8, 1995.
Gord was an honorary member of the Western Ontario Steam
Threshers Association of Brigden, Ontario, participating in the
club 37 years. Missing only the first year of inception, he showed
scale model steam and gas engines.
Gord had been autobody worker, and after retiring, turned his
leisure into making miniature steam engines and horse drawn
buggies. The wheels for these items were made from raw material by
bending flat pieces of hickory, soaked in water, and metal bent to
his specifications to look like the originals.
Another of his hobbies was to make doll cradles and blanket
racks for his wife, Mary, and their many friends.
Gord is sadly missed by his wife, Mary, and his close friend of
many years, Len Haney.
Submitted by J. Cardwell Teetzel, Highgate, Ontario NOP 1T0.
REV. LLOYD C. BRONSON passed away August 27, 1996. He was born
June 17, 1904 in Otsego Twp., Michigan, and was a lifelong resident
of the area. He served the Lord all his life, including 60 years as
a dairy farmer, and the past 30 years as an ordained minister. He
wrote many stories which he submitted to GEM, IMA, and others.
Surviving are his wife, Helen Wessling Bronson; two sons, George
of Kalamazoo, Larry of Mt. Pleasant; two stepchildren, Clyde Pruitt
of Allegan; Suzanne Hall of Winnipeg, Canada; and six
Submitted by son, George E. Bronson, 6406 W. Q Avenue,
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009.
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