| June/July 1994

  • In Memoriam

  • In Memoriam

Fulfilling his request, I write of the passing of MR. ROBERT CARL SHAFER, age 59, on January 19th, 1994.

Carl was born September 6, 1934 in Walton, West Virginia, and was a lifelong resident of Roane County. He is survived by his son, Robert Allen Shafer, and his daughter, Mary Lisa Shafer Edens.

I will remember Carl as a source of knowledge on gas engine restoration for newcomers in the hobby, such as myself. Carl always liked to help expand the hobby to new collectors by offering advice, trouble-shooting hard starting engines, or selling them their first engine. He was always a fair dealer, and a man of good word. One knew there were no hidden surprises awaiting the purchaser.

Some of Carl's favorite shows were Mid-Ohio Valley Steam and Antique Power, Barlow Ohio; West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, Sistersville, West Virginia; Wood County Flywheelers Association, Parkersburg, West Virginia; and the West Virginia State Park Museum, Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Registration at these shows was always under the name of a two-family association, 'The Johnson Preek Hucksters.'

With his health declining he exhibited his smaller engines, yet still enjoyed sharing information and stories with people of all ages.