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DALE LUGTEN, 25, of Hamilton, Michigan passed away October 21, 1979 in Grand Rapids, after bravely fighting the effects of a spreading cancer. Dale loved steam engines, especially his father's Keck Gonnerman engines which, along with his brother, Lyle, he helped operate and maintain. Dale will be greatly missed by his family and many steam friends.

Submitted by Steve Hineback, 8637 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, Michigan 49345.

THEODORE L. KRESS, of Blue Grass, Iowa passed away on August 17, 1979 at the age of 80. He retired to Blue Grass in 1969 after having lived 61 years on the farm east of Blue Grass. Although he was retired he always maintained an active interest in farming and never lost his interest in steam.

For many years prior to the advent of the combine he ran a threshing rig in the Blue Grass area. In 1950 he purchased a 22 HP Wood Brothers engine. After restoring it he used it to thresh and to show us kids how it was done. He also exhibited it at various steam shows. In 1968 he threshed on his farm again for the last time; this time to show the grandchildren how it was done.

At the time of his death he still had his entire threshing rig in working condition.

He was a founder and director of the former Mississippi Valley Old Time Threshers Association. They put on shows at Davenport, DeWitt, and Maquoketa, Iowa before disbanding.

He especially enjoyed attending the steam shows to see the equipment in action and to talk over old times.

Submitted by his daughter, Mrs. Kenneth W. Freund, Walcott, Iowa and his son, Lyle H. Kress, Blue Grass, Iowa.

Thursday, October 4, 1979 marked the passing of ROY R. BOATMAN, age 88. Roy was a just and upright citizen. He was very conservative and a hard working man. He was a firm and faithful believer in his Creator, family, church, neighbors and friends. He believed in and practiced the Golden Rule. Many days we worked together restoring many old steam engines.

He was an expert machinist and woodworker. The most unreasonable and difficult jobs were always a challenge to him. Some way or some how, he always had success in his work.

He will long be remembered for his work on steam engines and for building grandfather clocks.

He will be greatly missed, not only by his family and relatives, but also by others at the many shows and activities he attended. His smile and conversations were always an uplift to all who knew him. He bore the cross of life with honesty and dignity. Thus endeth the life of a just and upright citizen. God bless him and may his soul rest in peace.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (II Corinthians 5:1)

Submitted by Dale E. Robinson, Newton, Illinois 62448.

EVERETT ADAMS, Andrews, Indiana died February 2, 1979 as a result of injuries suffered in an accident in December of 1978. Everett had a lot of 'steam engine friends' and enjoyed going to steam shows. He covered a lot of states to attend the shows.

Submitted by Mrs, Helena Adams, Andrews, Indiana 46702.

ETHEL LUELLA CHRISP BOMBERGER departed this life May 23, 1979 at the age of 81. She wrote the words and music to 'The Thrill of Those Steam Engine Threshing Days.' Her favorite steam engine was a 16 horse single cylinder Nichols and Shepherd. She liked to go to steam shows. She was very gifted in writing verse. Her husband has had ten steam engines and has two now--a 9 horse Case and a Case 40. She attended 30 steam shows. She will be missed.

Submitted by Warren R. Bomberger, Burwell, Nebraska 68823.

JOSEPH L. MITCHELL, Fleming, Pennsylvania, passed away September 9, at the age of 69. He attended Penn's Cave at the Nittany Antique Show. He had subscribed to the Iron Men for years and had always read every word in it. Perhaps a lot of the older men will remember. He will be sadly missed.

Submitted by Leona Mitchell, Fleming, Pennsylvania 16835.

CARL D. CARLSON, Sr., 89 years old, Grand Coulee, Washington died October 4, 1979. He married and moved to Seattle where he worked for the Nettleton Lumber Company where he was chief engineer until he retired in 1955. He moved to Raymond for 6 years before coming to the Grand Coulee area. He was a member of the Western Steam Friends Association and owned a Russell steam tractor. He attended threshing bees and engine shows in north central Washington where he usually fired or operated one of the steam tractors. Members of the Western Steam Friends, Association and the Inland Empire Steam and Gas Buffs will miss him.

Submitted by Walt Thayer, Wenatchee, Washington 98801.

A. W. (KIRK) DONAHOO passed away at his home October 16,1979, at the age of 70. He retired from Charles Chips as maintenance supervisor in 1974. He was a member of the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association at Adams, Tennessee; the American Threshermen's Association at Pickneyville, Illinois; and a life member of the Western Minnesota Threshermen's Association at Rollag, Minnesota. He also worked for several years with the Midwest Old Settlers Threshermen's Association at Mt. Pleasant, Indiana. He attended shows in South Carolina, Central Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Kirk had a host of friends everywhere he went. He loved the shows and the friends that he had made over the years. He was a Mason belonging to the Lodge at Calhoun. Kirk had several gas engines and steam engines. He was a great help at the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Show with the Corliss engine and anything else that needed attention. We will all miss this good man.

Submitted by Billy M. Byrd, 369 S. Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.

I wish to report at this time, on the loss of one of our great steam friends and mechanics. LOREN M. WADE, 71, of Tracy, California, passed away j after a short illness. He was born in Ross, North Dakota and moved with his family to Saskatchewan, Canada where he grew to manhood. In 1927 he moved to Seattle to live with grandparents and in 1927 he moved to Lodi, where he drove the old Caterpillar Thirty tractor doing farm work. Then he went to work for the Super Mold Corporation where he learned the machinist trade, at which he became an expert. During this time, he also wrestled professionally as 'The Masked Marvel' here and across the country. In 1937 he went to work for the Shell Pipeline division at Tracy at the Corral Hollow station as a mechanic and machinist and he retired in 1968 after several years as maintenance supervisor of machinery.

He became an expert on the Corliss steam pumping engines used in these plants along the line from Bakersfield to Martinez, with over 30 years of service. He was first class mechanic, top machinist and an expert gunsmith, machining left-handed actions out of solid bar stock steel. His collection consisted of a 1912 50 Case steam traction and a25 Canadian Special Reeves steam traction, both restored .fully and purchased in the early 1950s, a 6-ton Austin-Western steam road roller, also restored; a 1922 Stanley steamer touring car; 28 x 47 Case threshing machine; 60 and 30 Caterpillar tractors, restored and good running order; and many other small steam engines, fittings and related items. He had a fully-equipped shop that he used nearly every day and was ready to talk steam with anyone who would stop by. He had displayed his engines up and down the West Coast and held several steam threshing demonstrations at his home with his equipment. I helped with several of them and spent many hours talking with him about steam engines. His passing leaves a gap hard to fill.

Submitted by Jack K. Williams, Modesto, California 95350.