| May/June 1992

LOUIS CHAPO died in Sacramento of a heart attack at the age of 69 on Saturday, January 18, 1992. Born December 19, 1922 in Oakland, California, he grew up in Woodland, and graduated from Woodland High School in 1941. He served in the 9th Air Corps, U.S. Army, for three years during World War II. Later, he worked at McClellan Air Force Base, retiring in 1976 after 35 years. He is survived by his wife, June, two daughters, three stepdaughters and a stepson, six grandchildren, and his brother, Art Chapo.

Lou originally joined EDGE&TA, Branch 6, in 1969. It was decided in 1970 that a club should be formed in the Sacramento area. A fall meet was held at Cliff Hardy's in Woodland that year. Lou was the organizer and one of the founders of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch 13.

The organizational meeting was held in January, 1971 with 40 charter members being signed up. Branch 13 has grown in size to the present day total of over 600 members. Branch 13 attributes its success to the great fellowship enjoyed by its members and the willingness of older members to assist those who have more recently joined.

Lou served as our first president for nine years and was also the first newsletter editor, naming it The Chugger. Lou also served as national president of the EDGE&TA for three years. He remained a member until his death, even though his health did not allow him to remain an active participant.

He was also vice-president of the Funk Aircraft Owners Association, serving as their self-designated Historian and Researcher. In everything he was involved in, he felt a real need to assist in any way possible. Submitted by Ernie Goddard, a friend and Branch 13 charter member.

BOB NEINER, age 68, died at his farm home west of Manteno, Illinois, September 27, 1991, after a lingering illness.


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