STERLING McKINNEY, 76, and his wife JEAN were killed August 16, 1986 in a head-on collision in Yellowstone National Park.
The couple were married in 1942 at Havre, Montana, and moved to Culbertson in 1947 where he was in partnership with his brother in McKinney Motors and she worked as bookkeeper for the firm. They retired in 1978.
He was a charter member of the Northeast Montana Threshers and Antique Association, serving as its only president for 23 years. He was fire chief of the Culbertson Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, active in Lions Club, and on the school board. He also served on the board of Roosevelt Memorial Hospital and was active in Boy Scouts, serving as scoutmaster. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a past member of the Havre Elks Lodge.
Submitted by Glen Munz, Box 504, Wolf Point, MT 59201.
MARVIN KRUSE, builder of 1/10 scale wooden tractors died September 12, 1986 after a long illness, emphysema. He was 64.
In 1970, Marvin Kruse, an active farmer and dairyman thought he needed a winter time hobby. He decided to build a scale model farm wagon which he and his dad worked with while he was growing up. He began planning, designing and creating, and one day he had his farm wagon built. One idea sparks another, and another, so Marvin's 'Replicas of Yesteryear' was born.
These are all handcrafted of select wood.
In 1977, Marvin made his first model D John Deere 1/10 scale wooden model. In all, he made some 900 tractors, 200 farm wagons plus covered wagons, stage coaches, buggies, dray wagons, farm implements, surreys and numerous other articles. He had supplied models to customers in 29 states, England and Canada.
The model making was a family project and four sons and a daughter grew up helping out as time permitted. The children are now all grown and continue to collect toys and make models.
Marvin was born November 3, 1921 on the farm at Hartington, Nebraska where he farmed until 1979.
Submitted in loving memory of her husband by Christine Kruse, Hartington, NE
THEODORE (TED) YODER passed away from an apparent heart attack on October 5, 1986 at his home, at the age of 81. Ted Yoder was a very active member of the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc. in Portland, Indiana. He joined the club in 1967 as a member and moved up the ranks to hold the office of Vice-President. In 1981 he did not run for office and was named Honorary Vice-President at that time.
His job at the show was making apple butter and also serving as head sawyer. Ted loved the saw mill and made many additions to the mill including a top saw. He was an active member with Tri-State up until his death.
Ted lived in Linn Grove, Indiana, and was the brother of Ruth Liby of Muncie. A native and lifelong resident of Adams County, he was a retired well driller and saw mill employee. His wife, Edith Campbell Yoder died in 1970.
Ted was an asset to our club and will surely be missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Dave Reum, President, Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc., Portland, IN.