Western Missouri has lost one of its best showmen and collectors, GEORGE W. DELAMETER, 68 years old, Rt. #6, Lee's Summit, Missouri. George passed away October 14, 1992 from cancer.
George was one of the early supporters of the Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association, of Adrian, Missouri. He also had his own 'Old Fashioned Threshing Bee' the past nine years in Lee's Summit.
Besides being known as one of our best collectors, he also had his soft side, such as giving a twelve year old farm boy near Archie, Missouri, his own B Farm-all to restore.
He is truly missed by his many, many friends and fellow collectors.
Submitted by Sgt. C. H. 'Connie' Henley, Retired, 511 Graff Way. Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081.
RICHARD FOURNIER, known as 'Wood Chopper,' passed away September 29, 1992, at his home in Warwick, Massachusetts at the age of 48, after a short illness.
Richard was born August 11, 1944 in Montague, Massachusetts. He married Ruth Metivier on December 28, 1968 in Hudson. He is survived by his wife Ruth, sons Richard Jr. and Scott, and his grandson Alex, all of Warwick, Massachusetts.
Richard was a woodsman for many years, and for the last ten years he has worked for the town of Warwick.
He was a member of the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association of Orange, Massachusetts for several years.
My fondest memories of Richard are seeing him at the engine shows. He had a deep love for old iron. There he would be leaning on his truck, a big grin, cigar hanging out of his mouth, a real tower of a man! He really enjoyed watching the flywheels of his pride and joy spin around.
Richard recently completed the restoration of his 9 HP Sattley engine with the help of his son Scott. Club members were all honored to see it run at our spring show.
Richard will be deeply missed by all of his friends. He was one of the many great people you meet at engine shows.
Submitted by: Wayne & Denise McCartney, 59 Riley Switch Road, Templeton, MA 01468.
FRANZ JOSEF KREHBIEL, 57, died of a heart attack at his home in Morrison, Colorado on August 9. A native of Lemon Cove, California, Joe had spent much of his adult life in Colorado where he was a counselor at the Columbine Psychiatric Center in Littleton.
Joe's life could be characterized by his service to others. He was a member of the advisory board of Red Rocks Community College and was winding down his second year as president of the Front Range Antique Power Association. It takes a special guy to successfully lead a cantankerous group of engine and tractor folk and Joe was that guy. He was dedicated to 'building memories' and he left some nice ones.
Joe is survived by three sons, Robert, Kenneth and Bradley, all of Carbondale, Colorado; a brother, a sister, and one grandchild.
Joe rode to his final resting place at Evergreen Memorial Park in an elegant Victorian funeral coach, pulled by an old Ford tractor.
Submitted by Stan McAlister, 13553 West Virginia Drive, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.
JOHN B. HOWES, 52, of Sidney, New York, passed away July 12, 1992. John had been in a wheelchair for 27 years, but that didn't stop him from being one of the most avid collectors of full-size antique tractors and gasoline engines around. He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Karen and granddaughter Teresa. He was predeceased by a son, David. John had many friends across the country and will be missed by all.
Submitted by Mrs. Barbara Howes, 29 Adams Street, Sidney, New York 13838.
MR. H. C. LANKFORD, SR., 82, Bessemer City, North Carolina died October 23, 1992. He was a retired farmer and plumber and a lifelong resident of Gaston County. A charter member of Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical and Textile Restoration Association and ardent supporter of the annual Cotton Ginning Days Engine Show in Dallas, North Carolina, he and his family are considered the first family of GAMTRA. They have provided lunch each year for all exhibitors at Cotton Ginning Days. He and his wife Virginia provided the financing for the machinery to equip the 1900 cotton gin to be named in their honor. He was a very intelligent person and his advice will be greatly missed.
He is survived by three sons, H. C., Jr., Bill, and Fred; three daughters, Freida, Sarah, and Mary; 12 grand children and 10 great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Ray L. Medford, President, Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical and Textile Restoration Association, 2623 Shaw Avenue, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054.
MR. EVANS C. STROUD, Shelby, North Carolina, died October 18, 1992. Mr. Stroud was a self-employed businessman and avid engine and tractor collector. He was a charter member of Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical and Textile Restoration Association.
While he was not an active exhibitor, he searched from Pennsylvania to Georgia for engines and tractors to add to his collection. He was a familiar sight at many local festivals and fairs with his engines and grist mill, grinding corn meal for the spectators. He will be greatly missed by his many collector friends and acquaintances.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa; a son, Charles; two daughters, Jane Smart and Judy Carpenter; a brother, William; and six grandchildren.
Submitted by Ray L. Medford, President, Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical, and Textile Restoration Association, 2623 Shaw Ave., Gastonia, NC 28054.
My good friend, GEORGE BUNTING, died October 26, 1992. George was 54 years of age, which seems much too young, but this is not to question God's will.
My family and I were very fortunate to have known George and have him become involved with our business of supplying antique engine parts. He did so much for all of us in the engine hobby with his innovative methods of making new parts for the old iron.
George lived in the Warren, Ohio area all his life and was a millwright at Packard Electric in Warren before retiring in 1987. He was also a member of the Stern wheel Association of Marietta, Ohio, and had built his own full-size sternwheeler, including the hull. He is survived by his wife, Pat, two daughters, and two sons.
I have a full file of George's drawings and comments on parts and we refer to them regularly. He will be thought of every day. I still catch myself reaching for the phone to call him. I just wish I had a number.
Submitted by Ed Deis, Hit & Miss Enterprises, Box 157, Orwell, OH 44076.