JOHN D. SANGER, 75, of Franklin, Nebraska, died Saturday, April 9, 1994 at Franklin County Memorial Hospital.
He was a World War II veteran serving with the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy.
In 1946, he married Gladys Clark, and they farmed in Franklin and Hildreth area for many years. His wife died in 1989.
A member of Grace Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 5751, and the American Legion Post 209, John attended steam shows in northern Kansas, southern Nebraska, and Iowa for well over 35 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne Kleen; a sister; three brothers; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He touched the lives of everyone he met with his kindness and love, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Robert Matheny, Kearney, NE.
JAMES R. ROCK, of Avon, Illinois, died January 20, 1994. He was born March 12, 1901 near Cuba, Illinois. He was a member of the steam engine show at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and was a steam engineer who seldom missed a show.
He married Martha Crowl in 1924 and is survived by his wife, seven children (three sons preceded him in death), 16 grandchildren (one grandson preceded him in death), 14 great grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. He loved them all.
An active member of the Checkrow Community Church, he lived in Avon, Illinois, for the past 30 years.
Submitted by Martha C. Rock, 6 River Valley Court, St. Charles, MO 63303.
OSCAR H. HESTERBERG, age 75, of rural New Florence, Missouri, answered the call of the Golden Whistle January 14, 1994 at Audriana Medical Center, Mexico, Missouri.
He was a farmer and heavy equipment operator as long as possible. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a charter member of Montgomery County Old Threshers and also a director as long as health permitted.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters and grandchildren. He is sadly missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by friends Bob Hart and Walden Cope of Truxton, MO.
JAMES A. 'JIM' NEW, of rural Pendleton, Indiana, died March 18, 1994 after an extended illness. Born February 24, 1959, he was a lifelong Pendleton resident, a licensed steam engineer and gunsmith.
A graduate of Pendleton Heights High School and Ivy Technical College, he was a member of First United Methodist Church; Sons of AMVETS Post #26; Pioneer Engineers Club; Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association; Mid-America Threshing Club; Rumely Collector's Association; International Harvester Collector's Association; J.I. Case Collector's Association; International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation; and the National Rifle Association.
He was an avid long time collector of steam engines, tractors, and gas engines. He, his brother Alan, his dad Al, and his nephew Andy worked together restoring and showing engines. Jim had a 12 HP Advance traction engine, an 18-32 HP Case crossmotor tractor, and others.
Survivors include his wife Angela, daughters Rachelle and Kareana; his parents, brother and sister-in-law. At the gravesite Russell Merrell's Advance engine was fired up and a parting whistle was blown for Jim.
Submitted by Alan New, 5389 W. 900 South, Pendleton, IN 46064.