| January/February 1990

With the recent passing of JOHN SANDULA SR., of Beaverton, Michigan, mid-Michigan lost one of its greatest steam men.

Born in Austria-Hungary August 6,1905, John came to this country as a boy, and grew up in the Gladwin County (Michigan) area. Except for a number of years in police work, John spent the greater part of his working life in farming. He retired in 1970. He died on his birthday, August, 6, 1989, after a long illness.

John married the former Victoria Laszlo in November 1924 in Gladwin County. She survives him. He also leaves a son, a daughter, two sisters, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

John was an active member of the Farm Bureau, the Northwest Michigan Engine and Thresher Club, and of the Saginaw Valley Live Steam Association.

As an engineer, John was second to none. He delighted in exhibiting his big Advance and Gaar-Scott engines at various steam shows, and was always ready to share his knowledge of steam engines with interested visitors at the shows.

John thoroughly enjoyed meeting fellow steam club members and steam enthusiasts at the various shows. For a beginner in the steam hobby, John always proved to be a knowledgeable and mature advisor.


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