| September/October 1999

W. JOSEPH 'JOE' SCHETTLER, 64, a life-long resident of Shippenville, Pennsylvania, died of natural causes May 10, 1999, in his home. He was born and raised on the family farm. He was employed as a truck driver for Siegel Coal Company and A. P. Weaver Coal Company. He then worked for Pennwood Trailer Sales. At the time of his death he owned and operated his own business known as Joe's Trailer Hitches.

Joe was a very friendly and outgoing guy who liked people, and people enjoyed him. He enjoyed doing for others. The biggest thrill for Joe was his nine grandchildren, and having lunch with his aged mother every day. He enjoyed antique engines, the gas engine shows, hunting, farming and his motorcycle. He was a member of the Coolspring Hit and Miss Engine Society.

Joe will be sadly missed by his mother, wife Barb, his four children and their spouses, and his grandchildren and family. He will also be missed greatly by his engine buddies Jerry Schmader, Jerry Esplen, Mary Lou and Steve Neiderriter, Mike Vanish and Dick Agnew.

Submitted by his engine pal, Jerry E. Schmader, Lucinda, Pennsylvania.

BERNARD M. 'BARNEY' GORZNY, 86, of 513 Oakland Avenue, Morrison, died Thursday, April 29, 1999, at his home.

Gorzny was born June 2, 1912, in rural Morrison, the son of Joseph F. and Rozena B. (Rick) Gorzny. He was educated in rural Morrison. He married Darlene Hoover, April 1,1944, in Morrison. She died August 10, 1992. He operated Gorzny Garage as a mechanic for more than 50 years. He also drove a bus for R. C. Smith and Iowa Coach for many years. He was a member of Sterling Moose Lodge and was a lifetime member of the Antique Engine and Tractor Association Inc. of Atkinson. He was an avid deer hunter and collected John Deere toys.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl (Rick) Stallings of Lyndon; a son, Bernard L. Gorzny of Indianapolis; a sister, Pauline Meakins of Morrison; a brother, Francis T. Gorzny of Idyllwild, California; a granddaughter, two great-granddaughters; two step-granddaughters; and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene G. Gorzny, Joseph L. Gorzny and Vernon E. Gorzny.

The club will miss 'Burnnie' and his display of trains.

Submitted by club historian John W. Boyens, Bettendorf, Iowa.

WALTER B. PITCHARD, 72, of Luray, Virginia, died on May 18, 1999 in Luray.

He was born on June 2, 1926 in Denver, Colorado, and was a son of Althea Hahn Pitchard of New Milford, Connecticut, and the late Walter Burr Pitchard.

Pitchard was a Navy veteran of World War II, and an automotive mechanic. He was a member of the American Legion, Ruritans, the Page County Heritage Association, the Somerset Steam and Gas Association, and the National Rifle Association. He was a charter member of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut, and a founding member of the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association in Kent, Connecticut, and the Connecticut Yankee Steam and Gas Association.

On December 21, 1946, he married the former Gladys Charlotte Tiemann, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his mother and wife are two sons, Charles E. Pitchard of Luray, and Daniel M. Pitchard of New Milford, Connecticut; three brothers, Cleon E. Pitchard of Las Vegas, Nevada, Howard A. Pitchard of Luray, and John E. Pitchard of Fullerton, California; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Mark S. Bauserman, 791 Rumley Road, Luray, Virginia 22835.


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