ROBERT C. NITZSCHE, 57, 2308 28th St., Wausau, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 6, 1988, at the Wausau Hospital Center. He was born May 26, 1930, in Wausau, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Nitzsche. He married the former Marsha Mohr on November 5, 1955, in Wausau. She survives.
Mr. Nitzsche was a heavy construction carpenter.
A U.S. Marine, he served in Korea. He was a member of VFW Burns Post No. 388, Montgomery-Plant American Legion Post No. 10, and was co-founder of the Northcentral Wisconsin Gas and Steam Engine Club. He was an honorary member of the Union Threshermen Club of Central Wisconsin and Carpenters Union No. 310 of Wausau, and past recording secretary of that union.
Survivors, beside his wife, are his children, Mrs. Lyle(Marcey)Nowak, John, Torey Nitzsche and Randy, all of Wausau; two brothers, William, of Colorado, and Richard, of Rib Mountain; and five grandchildren.
Submitted by Kevin A. Behnke,3325, N. 65th St., Wausau, Wisconsin 54401.
ERNEST KESNER of Memphis, Michigan, a retired self-employed electrician and plumbing and heating technician, died on January 11,1988. Ernest was a collector of antique gas engines.
Submitted by his wife, Esther B. Kesner,P.O. Box 611, Memphis, Michigan 48041.
GEORGE S. CLARK, JR., 74, of 254 Pond Point Ave., Milford, Connecticut, died after a brief illness on Monday January 18, 1988.
He was an avid collector and restorer, and submitted many articles to GEM in the past. He loved going to all the meets and shows. He enjoyed swapping and trading with all who knew him.
George was always willing to help with any problem one might have in a restoration project. The more difficult the problem the more he liked it. A superb machinist, he could fix and make anything.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and especially me.
Submitted by Todd Ryker,2 Clay Rd., Bethany, Connecticut 06525.
It was with much sadness that the family, friends, and many acquaintances of DON DILLON, Wayne, Ohio, acknowledged and paid tribute at his sudden passing on January 18, 1988 at the age of 81. He was a lifetime farmer and very active participant in community activities. Don was co-founder of the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, and served diligently as President and gave generously of his time, talents, and facilities. His farm served as the Club's show site for the past 6 years. He enjoyed collecting steam and gas engines as well as early farm equipment. Along with the restoration and display of his equipment there was always time to help other collectors having difficulty or needing assistance.
Don also owned and operated the Dillon Hardware, Plumbing and Heating in West Williamsfield, Ohio, for many years. A founding member of the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, he completed 35 years of service, including several as fire chief, retiring in 1978. During his years as fireman, he was also a member of the Ashtabula County Firemen's Association, and served as President for 4 years and as Coordinator of the County Fire School. As a 4-H advisor, he was in charge of and leader of the Wayne Boys Club. An active member of the Windsor Ohio Historical Society and also the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival Committee, his presence and equipment displays were always centers of attention at the Annual Bridge Festival each October.
With Don's passing, Engine Club enthusiasts extend our sympathy to his wife, Edythe, and family and we will cherish the memories of the times we were privileged to share with him.
Submitted by Francis L. Day, Secretary,Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, Box 151, Andover, Ohio 44003.
EMORY M. FUNK of Manchester, Illinois, passed away October 5, 1987, at the age of 88. Mr. Funk was a lifelong resident of the Manchester area. He was an active member of the Prairieland Heritage Association Museum-The Jacksonville Area Antique Car Club. He was a lover of antique machinery and farm related items, many of which he had used during his lifetime. The joy of his life was his collection of antique cars and trucks which he had restored. Most of them were Fords. Mr. Funk was no stranger at many of the Old Thresher Reunions in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri where he had many friends.
Mr. Funk and I met about 20 years ago at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, while watching the Murry-Corliss Steam Engine exhibit its graceful motion of power. We became the best of friends and have spent many hours visiting together. His knowledge and experiences were endless. Had I kept a record of the many accomplishments and experiences we discussed, I could publish a book which would surely be a best seller.
Submitted by Jack Folta,P.O. Box 147, Laddonia, Missouri 63352.