Everette L. Spivey, 69, a carpenter, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at home. I knew that angels came in many forms, but I never expected to meet one who was alternately covered in coal soot from his steam engine or cornmeal dust from one of his many grist mills. He drove a 1955 Greyhound diesel bus to just about every engine show east of the Mississippi. One never knew what treasures he would bring forth from the bowels of the big silver bus and spread lovingly on the ground. If you admired it, he would give it to you. If you offered to buy it, he would haggle with you over the price, and then give it to you anyway.
If he loved anything more than cars and old engines, it was his family and many friends. Everette never hurried. If you were in a hurry, he would slow you down. Everybody who knew him had an 'Everette-ism,' and most of them had something he had given them - from an engine to a wrench, to a pump or spark plug you couldn't find anywhere else. We often told him that the only reason he worked was to buy fuel for the bus to go to engine shows.
I've never known a person who helped more people, and most of them never knew who their angel was. By his own admission, he had a weakness for 'young 'uns and underdogs' and would give someone the last dollar he had, or stay in the hospital with a sick person who had no family.
Everette was a loving husband to his wife, Lillie, and devoted father to his three daughters, Diane, Rose and Renee. He was a very successful and sought-after contractor who built some of Mississippi's finest homes, but his obituary simply said he was a carpenter. That's how he wanted to be remembered. Reminds me of another carpenter 2,000 years ago who had that same kind of humility and love for humanity.
Submitted by Jean R. Reeves, Ellisville, Miss.
Vincent W. Whalen, 50, of Sheridan, III., passed away July 20, 2003.
Vince was born Aug. 25, 1952 in Ottawa, III. He married Nancy J. Duffield on Aug. 6, 1977. He graduated from Serena High School in 1970 and Joliet Junior College in 1972. He farmed in Mission Township and served on many different township commissions. He was also active in the La Salle County Township and was captain of the Serena Volunteer Fire Department.
Vince joined the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club in 1982 and was elected president in 1992. He was responsible for starting the antique equipment auction at our show and he and Nancy spent many hours working before, during and after the show to keep us running smoothly. His leadership will be greatly missed. He was also active in the Big Rock Plowing Match, antique tractor plowing and had participated in the Illinois State and the National Plowing Matches as a Master Plowman.
Vince is survived by his wife; two daughters, Katy and Susan; and five sisters.
Submitted by Ray Forrer, Sandwich Early Day Engine Club
Daniel Rose, 47, of Lang Drive, Glen, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly March 13, 2003. Dan was a member and past president of the Tri-County Old Time Power Association. He was the owner and president of the Vintage Snowmobile Club of America and publisher of their magazine.
Dan was a preserver of the past and had a passion for restoring anything old. His main interest in gas engines were Bates & Edmonds and tractors manufactured by Allis-Chalmers. He preserved many early snowmobiles, most of them being very limited-production factory racers produced by Polaris in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Dan also enjoyed restoring, driving and riding 1960s Harley Davidson motorcycles and Chevy IIs. Despite all of these interests, his restorations were always done to museum quality with no effort spared on originality.
Dan's love of anything vintage and his zest for life was shared with his family. Whether he was at a show or an auction, Dan was always surrounded by his loved ones. Dan will be missed by many.
Submitted by Wayne Neznek, Tri-County Old Time Power Association, Pattersonville, N. Y.