In Memoriam

| February/March 2004

John Ritter, Carlisle, Pa., passed away Oct. 11, 2002. He was a great engine man, and he helped a lot of people when they had trouble with their engines. He was proud of his collection of engines and grinders, and many people knew John as the 'Gas Engine Man.' For 30 years he ran Ritter's Engine Shed, buying and selling engines and parts.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary; a son, Robert; daughters, Patricia and Linda; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was loved by his family and many friends and is greatly missed by all.

Submitted by Mary Ritter, Carlisle, Pa.

Milan (Mike) George Mahnke and Mary Elizabeth Gottwald-Tadlock-Mahnke passed away April 19, 2003 and June 21, 2003, respectively.

Mike was born at the family farm in the Thumb area of Lower Michigan, May 2, 1903. Mary was born at Wakefield, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Dec. 8, 1934. Mike lived and breathed IHC and McCormick-Deering, with Mary at his side for the last 24 years. There was never a stranger at the door, and always a 'stray' or two at the table.

Good-bye, Mike and Mary, a better couple to raise children would be hard to find.

Submitted by Bruce Tadlock, Bessemer, Mich..

Henry Johnson, co-founder of the Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club, passed away Sept. 8, 2003, from causes related to old age.

Henry was born in Roslyn, S.D. As a young man he moved to the Pacific Northwest and founded the Henry M. Johnson Excavating Co. Among his notable projects were construction of Calkins Field in Spokane and carving out the road for the Winchester Grade.

In October 2001 the club honored Henry with a lifetime membership. As Henry grew older, club members would bring him to our meetings. The last one he attended was the 2003 summer outing.

Survivors include a sister, Vi Kondo of Bothell, Wash.; and his dog, Daisy.

Submitted by Orrin B. Iseminger, Colton, Wash., Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club.

Robert M. Deitchler, 71, Silver City, Iowa, died Oct. 5, 2003. Born in Mineola, Iowa, Robert farmed until he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and was named Airman of the Month three times. Following his service he returned to Silver City and farmed. In 1957 he married Barbara Ellen Briggs, and was blessed with three children. Robert loved spending time with his family and restoring old tractors.

Submitted by Gay lord DuRee, Omaha, Neb.


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