RAY W. DeMENT, 87, R. R. 1, Clinton, Illinois a retired well driller and avid lover of antique steam engines, died July 6, 1992 at Clinton.
Mr. DeMent later moved to Hallsville, Illinois, a few miles west of Clinton, where he spent his life working with his father in the threshing and well drilling business. When he first started, he used steam engines to pull the drills. Later he collected antique engines, tractors, binders, threshers and automobiles as a hobby.
One of the last of the old thresher men of the Central States Thresher men, Pontiac, he was a director for many years. He took part in parades, reunions and exhibitions each summer, including the Illinois State Fair Parade & Reunion at Pontiac.
He owned many engines in his lifetime, the last was a 40 HP Case. He was an Aultman Taylor tractor enthusiast and he said many a time, 'Why own any other make when you can own the best, an Aultman-Taylor'? He had been an Oliver-Hart-Parr dealer, collected and restored almost one of each series the last few years of his retirement.
He leaves behind three sisters; one son, Don; daughter-in-law Shirley; three grandchildren and a host of friends. He was a member of the Hallsville Christian Church, Central States Thresher men's Association and the DeWitt County Museum.
He was a generous, fun-loving man and will be greatly missed.
Submitted by H. E. Beckemeyer, 1123 County Road 900 ., Champaign, Illinois 61821, and by Donald Werth, RR 3, Box 105, Lincoln, Illinois 62656.
LEONARD (JUNE) BEAL, JR., 73, died at his home in Brooklyn, Michigan, September 10, 1992.
He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene, whom he married in 1941. One son, Barry, of Miami, Florida survives.
He and his late father collected and restored gasoline and steam engines for many years; at his death he had a large collection of restored engines and farm equipment.
He was owner of L. J. Beal and Son, Inc., a trucking firm in Brooklyn. Both he and Arlene attended many engine shows and were well known among those groups. June got me interested in this hobby 26 years ago.
Submitted by Ralph Donaldson, 10275 Case Road, Brooklyn, Michigan 49230.