C. DANIEL BRUBAKER, 74, of 317 Greenview Drive, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died March 15 after a six-month battle with cancer.
Brubaker worked a number of years as a carpenter and then as a product test technician in forage equipment for the former Sperry New Holland. He was shop foreman at Kinzer Equipment for several years, and then held a similar position at Stauffer Machine Shop, where he built six weight-transfer machines for East Coast tractor pullers.
Brubaker then was a maintenance supervisor for Organic Plant Food Co., worked in plant maintenance at Penn Dairies for six years, and was self-employed for 10 years as a machine shop operator.
He was a 1944 graduate of Penn Manor High School.
Brubaker helped to start tractor pulling on the East Coast, and in 1976 took a weight-transfer sled to Holland for the first pull in that country during the World Plowing Contest.
He served on the board of Southeastern Tractor Pullers Association and in the early years built a small weight-transfer machine for garden tractors.
Brubaker joined the Rough & Tumble Engineers in 1962, was elected to its board of directors in 1966, and served as president from 1967 to 1976. In that capacity, he was instrumental in purchasing land for expansion and promoting building projects. He was a lifetime member of the Rough & Tumble Engineers & Historical Society.
He was an avid engine collector.
Born in Manor Township, he was the son of the late Abram H. and Kathryn Good Brubaker. He was married 24 years on May 16 to Ethel M. Shearon Brubaker.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Joan; two sons, Ronald D. and Gerald L.; a stepdaughter, Jo Ann Gillis; two stepsons, James Abram and Thomas Abram; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Lawrence of Lancaster.