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LLOYD ANDREW VAN REES, 73, of Mission, Texas, formerly of Sully, Iowa, died July 24, 1994, at the Pella, Iowa, Community Hospital. He was born on February 11, 1921, in Sully, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Antionette (De Jong) Van Rees.

On January 2, 1942, he married Thressa Van Heukelom in Pella. The Van Reeses farmed in the Lynville, Iowa area before moving to Texas 45 years ago. Lloyd did custom combining in south Texas. He was an enthusiastic operator of antique engines and was renowned for his expertise in the area of steam farm engines.

Mr. Van Rees was on the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Valley Antique Machinery Club. He was a volunteer in the steam traction area at old threshers reunions and exhibited his steam engine. He received an Old Thresher Award in 1990.

Survivors include his wife Thressa; three daughters; a brother; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Submitted by his granddaughter Charlene Mitschelen, 8515 Park Lane #2108, Dallas, Texas 75231.

REINHOLD RODAMMER, a lifelong resident of Tuscola County, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 1994 at his winter home in Port Charlotte, Florida. He engaged in farming all of his life in Tuscola County, Michigan. In past years he was a member of the Richville Lions Club. Surviving him are one sister, Arlene, and her husband Henry Hohman of Vassar, Michigan; one brother, Rudolph, and wife Bea Rodammer of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; several nieces and numerous cousins.

Reinhold belonged to a local threshing company, which over the years acquired a number of steam powered threshing rigs. The engines that they bought were Port Hurons, a type for which Reinhold developed a special liking.

As steam engines were gradually replaced by tractors and combines, Reinhold never lost his fascination for steam. And so he readily consented to have me (the undersigned) keep my 19 HP Port Huron compound engine on his farm, when I asked him if he was interested. In fact, it was many a time that Reinhold steered the engine down his half-mile long grassy lane, when I steamed up the engine. He enjoyed the hobby along with me.

Hauling flax seed to market with a tractor in Montana. Courtesy Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.

Reinhold and his father Herman enjoyed the distinction of being one of the very first mid-Michigan steam enthusiasts to attend the National Threshers Show, when that show was in its infancy and was held on the Leroy Blaker farm at Alvordton, Ohio. Reinhold kept attending that show, later at Wauseon, Ohio, until close to the end of his life. He also attended numerous other shows, including the one at Mason and the one at Ithaca, Michigan. Reinhold thoroughly enjoyed meeting friends and acquaintances at the shows and watching the engines perform.

His memory will long be treasured in our midst.

Respectfully submitted by a friend, Elmer G. Bickel, 2224 Taft Street, Saginaw, Michigan 48602.