ROBERT 'BOB' McCLURE, 58, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away January 17, 1993 after a six month bout with bone and lung cancer. He was brave to the very end trying to protect and comfort his wife, Delores, of nearly 40 years. He leaves two sons, Steve and Randy, and a daughter, Sherry, five granddaughters and a grandson.
Bob was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. He owned and operated his own Case backhoe for over 25 years. He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers #649 at Peoria, Illinois, and a former member of River Valley Antique Association.
Bob was a friend to all, and always ready to give advice or lend a helping hand, not only to the gas engine show participants, but in everyday life. If a friend or neighbor needed help with a digging job, he was always ready, and never accepted payment.
He loved all kinds of antiques, including a very rare Wilson Des Moines gas engine which he sold after he found out about his health problems. Another pride-and-joy was his 1947 Indian motorcycle with side car for 'Mamma.' She was always ready to jump in the side car or on the back of his 1986 Harley Davidson to take a spin or vacation as they did nearly every summer. Other interests included antique autos and all kinds of farm equipment, as well as miniature gas engines.
Bob was definitely one-of-a-kind. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
Submitted by his wife, Delores McClure, 1412 W. Olive St., Bloomington, Illinois 61701.
JAMES C. CLUM of Lafayette, Ohio, died November 14, 1992, in Lima, Ohio. James was born in Hardin County. He was an avid genealogist, a retired electrician from the Ford Motor Company, in Lima. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local # l219, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local #32. He was a member of the Sager Masonic Lodge in Lafayette, and a former director on the board for Hog Creek Conservation Club.
Jim grew up in the early days of gas and steam. He recited many a story of threshing with the grand old Rumelys. He had seen the big Caterpillars turning mud stone and pike roads into asphalt roads. As electricity took over the farms, Jim collected many gas engines. He taught all five of his sons the mechanics of engines with these grand old machines. Jim was one of the finest citizens America had to offer, I'm sure.
On the 15th of November, 1992, Jim's grand daughter's life was also taken in an automobile accident, KELLY RAE CLUM, 21. She also was an avid gas and tractor restorer, and she helped organize the first antique tractor pull at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima.
She was engaged to be married. A senior at the Ohio State University, Lima Campus, studying elementary education, she was a volleyball coach and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Ohio.
I'm sure these two will be sadly missed by many friends and correspondents. Through Jim and Kelly there will be many Clums with the inspiration to carry on the teachings of the old days of machinery and farming.
Submitted by Paul Clum, 115 E. Main St., Lafayette, Ohio45854.
LYNN MIX, 83, of Hastings, Michigan, passed away March 3,1993. He was a journeyman electrician for over 30 years for a local auto parts supplier. He owned three steam traction engines in his lifetime and always kept them in top shape. He will be remembered for his shingle mill that he and his son operated at several shows and events. But we think he will be best remembered as being an extremely hard worker and a fair and honest man. He was gifted with many talents.
Lynn was a long time member of the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club, The Kalamazoo Antique Machinery Club, Charlton Park Steam and Gas Engine Club and several other antique machinery clubs. He loved to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, and had owned and operated his own dealership for some years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by his son, Larry Mix, P.O. Box 89, Freeport, Michigan 49325 and a close friend, David Wachter, Holt, Michigan.
We have just learned of the recent death of EARLENE RITZMAN, widow of Reverend Elmer Ritzman, founder of Stemgas Publishing Company.
Mrs. Ritzman is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Marsha Wingard, 13 Laurel Dr., Enola, Pennsylvania 17025.
JAMES F. 'JIM' DELAHUNTY, 79, of Ogallala, Nebraska, died suddenly on March 25, 1993. He was a long-time engine collector who began collecting when he was a plumber in El Monte, California. During the past 12 years, he appeared at shows in Nebraska, northern Kansas, and eastern Wyoming. He was often seen with his 'slow-speed' 6 HP Witte and his l HP Sattley on a can crusher that he had built.
Born on March 27, 1913, at Lexington, Nebraska, the son of John and Julia Knudsen Delahunty, he grew up and attended schools in Lexington. He married Margaret Saulsbury in 1938, and the couple resided in Lexington until 1952 when they moved to El Monte, California. During World War II, Jim served with the U. S. Army Engineers. He retired in 1981 after working as a construction plumber for 35 years and the couple moved to Ogallala to make their home.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, son Jim, and three sisters, and two grandchildren. He will be missed by his family and many friends in Nebraska and California.
Submitted by Dennis Shimmin, P. O. Box A, Lewellen, Nebraska 69147-0400.