Bruce Gibson, age 59, Fishers, Ind., passed away Oct. 5, 2004.
Bruce was an electronic technician and installed his sound systems at many events, including antique engine, automobile and parts swap meets. He was an enthusiastic participant at steam engine and tractor shows including Mid America Show, Tipton, Ind., Pioneer Engineers Show, Rushville, Ind., Tri-State Show, Portland, Ind., and others. He was always willing to help other engine owners with their engines. He enjoyed working on engines with his friends, Alan and Jim New. He bought his M. Rumely traction engine at the Reese sale in Illinois. He enjoyed this engine and his collection of antique tractors, engines and vintage automobiles.
Anyone who knew Bruce will miss this jolly, enthusiastic and helpful fellow.
Submitted by Al, Alan and Andy New, Pendleton, Ind.
Raymond Paul Heidbrink of Owensville, Mo., passed away Aug. 21, 2004, at 88 years old. He had a lifelong interest in steam engines and was one of the founders of the Owensville Old Threshers Show in Rosebud, Mo. While serving in the U.S. Army in Germany in WWII, he was stationed close to a railroad terminal. His commanding officer noticed his interest in steam, and he ended up in the Army machine shop. His commander told him to go ahead and make his own model, since all the tools were there for him to use. So he did, finishing it upon his return home. After the war, he worked on farm machinery until he retired. He was very fond of the 19 HP Keck-Gonnerman. Always ready to help with any engine, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Bob Hart, Hermann, Mo.
Bruce I. Maxwell, 71, Huntington, Ind., passed away Oct. 31, 2004, at the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. He was a lifelong farmer in the Union Township area. He was a veteran who served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include two sons: Steven A. Maxwell of Fort Wayne; John W. Maxwell of Roanoke, Virginia; a brother: Hugh Maxwell of Cresswell, North Carolina; and two grandchildren: Alex Hashimi and Helaine Hashimi.
Submitted by Mark A. Corson, Crown Point, Ind.