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| July/August 1998

JOE LOPES, SR., of Lemoore, California, passed away suddenly in mid-December 1997. Joe was many things husband, parent, church member, club member, and friend. Joe is survived by his wife of over fifty years, four daughters and a son.

Joe and his son, Stan, were very active in restoring and displaying antique engines in the central California area.

I remember the first time I met Joe. He and Stan were showing their equipment at the Tulare Farm Show in February of 1991. I was amazed at Joe's ingenuity and expertise in building his displays. Little did I realize at that time we'd become good friends and fellow club members. Joe was a charter member of the San Joaquin Valley Antique Flywheelers (EDGE&TA Branch 63).

My respect for Joe grew over years. He was always ready to lend a helping hand no matter what the task. Joe, always an eager participant in our events, loved to share his knowledge of his hobby. He is missed by all who knew him.

Submitted by Vince Smith, San Joaquin Valley Antique Flywheelers, North Fork, California.

ORRIN MICHNA was a man of the earth. He farmed all of his working life on the same farm he was born on. He was a gentle jovial man who always had a twinkle in his eye. He and his wife Margaret were retired and they enjoyed gardening, eating out, rides in the farm country and weekly polka dances. Their home was across the road from the farm. The road was named Michna Road after his family. They had no children but had many nieces, nephews, and lots of good friends.


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