S. NELSON of Chisago City, Minnesota, passed away September 7, 1998 at the age of 80.
Gordy grew up in Mayer, Minnesota, and worked at various farms in and around the area. In the 1930s with the help of the NYA, he attended Dun-woody Institute and received training as a machinist.
During World War II Gordy worked for Lockheed Aircraft in California to help with the war effort. After returning to Minnesota, he worked as a machinist for various companies including Comet Scooter Company, until getting a job at Honeywell. He worked for Honeywell as a tool and die maker for 21 years and was involved in making items used by NASA in the space program.
In 1965, Gordy started Gor-Nel-Co, turning his hobby of collecting engines into making parts for old engines and tractors. It developed into a mail order business sending parts all over the U. S., Canada, England, and Australia, and was one of the first in the business. He discontinued the business in 1982, but still found time to help collectors.
Gordy enjoyed going to many auctions and engine shows over the years and made many wonderful friends. He will be very missed by Irmgard, his wife of 55 years, daughter Janice Olesen, son Glen Nelson, grandchildren Heidi Pip-ken and Jay Johnson, and his many engine show friends.
Submitted by his friend Ken Dawson, Shoreview, Minnesota.
VICTOR GUSTAFSON, JR. of Marysville, Washington, died peacefully at his home September 23, 1998, after a brief bout with cancer. He is survived by Blanche, his wife of 37 years; two sons, Bob and Bryan; daughter Leanne; his mother, Pearl Gustafson Faulkner; and ten grandchildren.
Vic grew up in the Everett/Marysville area, and worked for Puget Sound Trucking Line, with almost 2,000,000 miles of accident-free driving.
Vic, a well-known engine enthusiast, attended shows and parades in the Puget Sound area of western Washington. His light tiller-steered 1901 Ford Replica, which he built from scratch 36 years ago using a Wade one-cylinder dragsaw engine for power and heavy duty spoked wheelchair wheels, was always a crowd pleaser at shows and parades. He mastered the temperamental two-cycle engine better than anyone I know, and always had it running smooth. Also, he had about a dozen stationary engines, preferring the throttle-governed engines over hit and miss. Besides restoring engines, repairing and restoring old mantle and grandfather clocks was another of his fun hobbies.
Vic was a charter member of EDGE&TA Branch 26. He was a regular at club events, and will be remembered both for his considerate manner and his attention to detail in his displays. He had a quiet, calm way of speaking, but always had something interesting to say over the popping of his engines.
His engine friends have lost a special friend.
Submitted by Branch 26 member Don Lallemand, 6801 Scenic Drive N.W., Marysville, Washington 98271.