KENNETH BUSH, 82, Debary, Florida, passed away December 1, 1998 at a hospital in Orange City, Florida. He was the last of three brothers, all gas engine collectors, who all passed away in 1998.
Kenneth loved to restore old engines but they had to be at least fifty years old. He was very knowledgeable and had many phone calls and letters telling him 'what's wrong and how do I fix it?'
He belonged to Florida Flywheelers, Tri-State Tractor and Engine, Oblong Antique Tractor and Gas Engine clubs. He loved going to the engine meets and visiting with his gas engine buddies.
He was a World War II veteran.
Bush leaves behind his wife Lenore, after 58 years of marriage; a son, Mark; a sister, Mary Hawkins; a granddaughter, Krystle; and many engine collector friends.
Submitted by his wife, Lenore.
EDWARD A. SPIESS, age 62, died December 4, 1998, at his home in Davenport, Iowa. He was born April 4, 1936, to Walter and Velma Spiess in Davenport. He married Therese (Younger) Ley on September 3, 1988.
Mr. Spiess was owner of Dexton Enterprise and Tri-Wall in Rock Island, and was a partner in a 40-acre tree farm in Reynolds, Illinois. He was a 1963 graduate of Iowa State University, where he received his degree in agriculture engineering.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Neuman Club of Iowa State University, Iowa State Singers, and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers for 36 years. He also was a judge for FFA tractor restorations in Kansas City, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Muscatine FAA Chapter 111 for 21 years, Muscatine Moose, AARP, Quad-City Material Handling Society where he was a founding member, past president and board member, Rock Island Optimist Club, where he served as president and board member, and the Iowa 7th Judicial District Board. He also was a member of the Safer Foundation board, a representative and past president of the Rock Island Optimist Clean and Beautiful board, a member of the Steering Committee for the Ageless Iron Show in Ankeny, Iowa, a board member of the Sheppard Tractor Club, and a member of the Quad-City Times Plus 60 Club.
He served in the Army from 1959 until 1961.
Survivors include his wife, Therese ('Teri'); daughters and sons-in-law Carolyn 'Suzie' and Kevin Peterman, Debra and Mike Miller, Valarie Spiess, and Linda Ley; sons Ben Spiess and David Ley; four grandchildren; his mother, Velma Spiess; and sisters and brothers-in-law Dorothy 'Toots' and La Verne Garvin and Mary Lou and Bill Van Earwage. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Fritz Spiess.
Submitted by John Harvey, Classic Tractor Fever, P.O. Box 437, Rockland, Delaware 19732.
Our ten-year-old daughter, ASHLEIGH MORGAN WILLCUTT, died in a housefire on December 17, 1998 despite all attempts to save her. As a Girl Scout and fifth grader at Lakeland Elementary School, she helped to save the rain forests and collected aluminum can tabs to earn free dialysis time for patients.
The tractor club circuit has lost an ardent fan. Belonging to several clubs throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, she regularly attended shows with us. An avid reader and writer, Ashleigh described these experiences in an essay she wrote: 'A person I know well is my father. Because on weekends he takes me to breakfast. In the summer and early fall he takes me to tractor shows. At home he lets me help on the tractors. At some point he lets me have a tractor. Sometimes I do not go to tractor shows with him. I was really sad. I cried while doing my homework.'
We have lost a sweet and loving child and she is greatly missed by all who loved her.
Submitted by Jim and Alice Willcutt, Easy Time Trailers, 1431 Layton Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
MALCOLM W. 'MAC' HULL, 79, of Banks Road, Gilsum, New Hampshire, died December 14, 1998.
Mac operated the Gilsum Garage for over 50 years; his sons Mike and Marc took their share of the work as soon as they were able.
Mac was very well known and respected in the area. He, along with his family, have been a part of the local shows since they started. He will be sorely missed by the tractor and engine show family.
Submitted by his friend, Paul Hubner, Jr., 57 Michigan Street, Winchester, New Hampshire 03470, vice president of Granite State Gas and Steam Engine Association.
DONALD G. SKIDMORE, of Knob Noster, Missouri, passed away November 8, 1998. He was 73.
Donald was a long-time enthusiast of the Model 'T' Ford, gas engine and little tractor hobby.
Donald was a perfectionist in every project he undertook. In the '50s and '60s he took his 'T' to the Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana state fairs and brought home all the silver cups and platters they had to offer. After this he ventured into gas engines and small tractors. Over a span of 30+ years he has been featured several times in Gas Engine Magazine, Antique Power, and Successful Farming magazines.
Being a master craftsman in metal, he built at approximately 1/3 scale a Waterloo Boy, Mogul and John Deere crawler.
I will describe his work this way--the first showing of his J.D. crawler was at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. I noticed this older gentleman stop by and look at the JD crawler on three occasions during the day. On the last trip he said to Don, 'I've been a John Deere distributor for 43 years and I don't believe I ever received any literature on that tractor.' Don replied, 'I'm sure you didn't, there were very few of these made.' Both men were very pleased.
Don was recently featured in Successful Farming with some of his tractors, including his Waterloo Bronco.
Donald attended every Central Hawkeye Swap Meet except two from the very beginning. One of them was in 1998, at which time he was fighting his last battle with the attacker he lived with for 20 years and never complained. Donald had friends and acquaintances from one coast to the other.
We've lost a valued contributor to our era of collectors, and a dear friend of mine. His collection will be sold on May 2, 1999 at his farm.
Submitted by Charles R. Swearngin, 12 NE 801, Knob Noster, Missouri 65335.
JOE McCOSH, 60, passed away unexpectedly on December 28, 1998, at his rural Princeville, Illinois, residence.
He was a tool designer for Caterpillar Tractor Company at the Mossville, Illinois, plant. He retired September 1994, after 32 years of service. He was an active member of Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Association, Inc. of Atkinson, Illinois. He was very active in the club's kitchen, donating equipment, remodeling, and serving as committee chairman and cook for the club's threshing dinners and show breakfasts and lunches.
He had a collection of engines and tractors. His favorite was a Rumely Oil Pull.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; his father, Harry; his son, Philip; daughter, Terrie McCosh; and one grandson.
He was laid to rest in his trademark bib overalls with large handkerchief on December 31. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by John Boyens, Club Historian.
DONALD HINDS of Centerville, South Dakota, passed away on October 8, 1997.
Don was born on August 19, 1931 at Oto, Iowa, and graduated from Bronson High School in Iowa. After graduation, Don entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After his discharge from the service, he married Marcella Maslonka.
Don did custom farm work in Iowa until 1967, when he moved to Centerville, South Dakota, where he farmed and started collecting, restoring and selling antique tractors.
Don was well respected by other collectors for his expertise in working on the early tractors. He had purchased and repaired dozens of tractors such as Rumelys, Averys, Case, etc. in his lifetime.
He was a member of various antique machinery shows in the Midwest, such as W.M.S.T.R., Prairie Village, etc. He also attended the first Rumely Expo in Rushville, Indiana, and jumped in to work on one of the Rumelys at parade time so that it could be in the parade.
Don is sadly missed by his wife, Marcella, two daughters, Linda and Vickie, two grandchildren, and all of his friends.
Submitted by friends Edwin and Connee Fiscus of Bethel, Ohio.