The Final Whistle for Ivan E. Burns

| March/April 2001

Written by Herb Little and submitted by Chady Atteberry 931 Robin Road Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631

He was born May 28, 1919 and died September 19, 2000.

Ivan will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was like a second father to me. He told stories of working as a kid with the engines and tractors that he loved so much. Anyone who knew Ivan can tell stories of the times he helped them with stories and advice.

Ivan was one of eleven men who, in 1966, formed the Oklahoma Steam Threshers Association at Waukomis, Oklahoma. In 1974 the association moved to Pawnee, Oklahoma. Ivan served as president of this association for 21 years. His love for the old engines has made the association what it is today.

Ivan spent many years collecting steam traction engines and gas and diesel tractors. His collection has contained several rare and unique engines.

Ivan has been like a second father to me. He advised me, corrected me, and gave me hell when I needed it. I have never known him to turn his back on a friend who needed help. He has been a valuable source of information for many.