| September/October 2000

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

W. CLEDUS STITES of rural Odon, Indiana, passed away October 9, 1999, at home. He was 79 years old and had been in failing health for three months.

Mr. Stites was born November 30, 1919 in Knox County, to Ezra and Lela (Utley) Stites. He married Vera A. Prather on December 3, 1939, and she survives.

Mr. Stites was a well-known farmer and community leader. He was also a former Federal Crop Inspector. He was a member of the Christian Church of Elnora, where he served as deacon and trustee. He was widely known as a collector and restorer of antique John Deere tractors and engines. He was a co-founder, charter member, and an officer of the White River Valley Antique Association and was instrumental in the growth of the club's antique show the past fifteen years. He enjoyed showing his antique engines at many other shows.

Surviving are two sons, Carl William Stites, Odon, and Kenneth Lee Stites, Parker City; a daughter, Rita Jane Melsheimer, Vincennes; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Ben Chestnut, RR 2 Box 318A, Odon, Indiana 47562.

CYRIL 'BARNEY' E. DUSSEAU of Graytown, Ohio, died Monday, July 3, 2000. He was born February 11, 1927, to Cletus and Agnes Dusseau. He is survived by his wife, the former Donna L. Marsh, whom he married in Oregon, Ohio, January 10, 1948. He is also survived by sons Robert, Ed, Joe, and Jeff; daughters, Becky Rose, Renee Dusseau, Anitan Myerholtz, Lisa Hasselbach; sister Berna Limpf; 36 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.