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DURWARD H. SAMUEL, 1806 South Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota passed away September 22, 1965 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife Etta, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers. Committal was in Wood-lawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This announcement became separated from its envelope so we don't know who sent it in to the Album. If we did, we would request more information concerning Mr. Samuel. Anyone who would care to provide us with the information is welcome to do so. Thank you.

SHERMAN BLAINE DEETER entered into his eternal rest in Mease Hospital, Dunedin, Florida on Sunday the 5th of June, 1966. He was a retired designing engineer with a background of farming and farm machinery. His first love was the steam engine. As a boy on the farm he was the mechanic who kept the machinery running when things happened. His ability carried over to designing coal machinery for the Joy Mfg. Company from where he retired early due to a heart condition. His move to Florida was on doctors' advice and for four years he enjoyed the retirement here. His last year of life was not too good and his interests were mostly confined to reading. Thus he watched for the Iron Men to arrive and even ask for it while in the hospital. Mr. Deeter was a native Pennsylvanian and followed with interest the reunions even after he was unable to attend.

CLIFFORD E. VAVERKA, 63, lifelong resident of Richland township southeast of Tama and widely known for his interest in old steam engines and threshing rigs, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 1966, at Evangelical hospital in Marshalltown where he had been a patient for a month. His home was 8 miles southeast of Tama.

The funeral service was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, July 3, at the Mason Funeral Home in Tama with the Rev. Walter Martin of the Haven Community church officiating. Mrs. Peggy Cibula played the organ for James Black as he sang, 'Beyond the Sunset,' and 'Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.'

Caring for the floral tributes were Mrs. Noble Houston, Mrs. Owen Flanagen, and Mrs. Wayne Wilcox. Interment was in Rector Cemetery.

Clifford Earl Vaverka, son of Joseph and Ada Greeler Vaverka, was born September 21, 1902, in Richland township, Tama County, Iowa, in what is now the Albert Leusch home. He lived his entire life in that community. He started school at the Rich-land No. 4 school and completed his schooling at Richland No. 5.

Mr. Vaverka was married to Angeline Ryan of Chelsea on February 11, 1931, the wedding taking place in the Baptist parsonage in Marshalltown. The Rev. W. R. Yard officiated.

Mr. Vaverka fanned all of his life in Richland township.

WILLIAM F. GAYER, of Rock Valley, Iowa passed away August 28, 1966 at the age of 66. Mr. Leroy Fett of Harrisburg, South Dakota sent us this notice and tells us that Mr. Gayor passed away suddenly after a 10 day illness. He sent in many articles to the Iron-Men Album and the Gas Engine Magazine. He was a fine man and a familiar face at the thresh reunions. He is also noted for his many photos and interesting films. His picture was on page 6 of the May-June Album, 1966.

ADOLPH OSCAR RUDE - son of John and Karen Rude, was born in Clare Township, Moody County, South Dakota, on September 30, 1898. He attended the rural schools and grew to manhood on the farm. He farmed one year and in 1923 he started a well drilling business which he has operated ever since. He was united in marriage to Mary Nesby on June 26, 1939. He was a member of the Clare Lutheran Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Isaac Walton League and the Flandreau Civic and Commerce Assn. Adolph was a key man at the Flandreau Threshing Meet and will be missed by his friends and partners.

FRANK J. REISEN, age 60, a longtime resident of Zwingli, Iowa, was stricken by a heart attack on July 28. Frank perhaps was best known as the owner and operator of Reisen's Standard Service in Zwingle and as a lover of steam engines and shows. For several years he was the proud owner of a 19 horse Port Huron engine until ill health forced him to sell this engine, which is now owned by a Wisconsinite, Melvin Cassels. Undaunted, Frank then proceeded to acquire several antique gasoline engines, which, with the aid of his grandson, Kerry Reisen, he displayed at Justin Hingten's annual Mississippi Valley Steam Show near Zwingle. Frank also enjoyed attending various area steam shows when he could find the time. He and his son-in-law, Bob Bell, visited shows in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Canada, and usually came home tired, hungry, dirty, and enthusiastic. But the way we his family remember him best is sitting out in 'the office' surrounded by friends, all arguing, laughing, smoking (cigars), and turning the air blue with their good-natured cussing.