Tom Buller, 72, of Sardinia, Ohio, died June 11, 2002, after a farm tractor rollover at his residence. A native of Sault St. Marie, Canada, Tom operated Custom Craft Welding in Xenia, Ohio, for several years.
He was well known as a welder, machinist and steam engineer. He was active in several organizations, including the Miami Valley Steam Threshers and the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Sirkka; a son, Terrence; daughters Anne Cornell and Gina Barnett; and eight grandchildren.
His friendship, guidance and soft voice will be greatly missed by many fellow collectors, friends and acquaintances. I am proud to have had Tom Buller as my friend and mentor in the steam engine hobby.
Submitted by Mark L. Rembis
Stanley Mouser, Washington, Iowa, passed away on Feb. 4, 2002. It was his 92nd birthday. He will be missed by many people met over a lifetime working with the Midwest Old Threshers group in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Grandpa was a dedicated steam man. He loved to talk about the old days of threshing and thought everyone should have an appreciation for the past. He taught me the fun in running a steam engine, and because of him I have been a steam fan since I was a boy.
He never missed a reunion in Mt Pleasant. He was on the board of directors starting in the 1960s, and he volunteered countless hours working around the steam engines. I never saw him leave the house to travel without a stack of handbills promoting the show. I suspect he was one of Mt. Pleasant's greatest salesmen.
Stan had a good memory for people because he enjoyed being around them so much, and he will be remembered for his love for telling a good story or joke. He is survived by his wife; two children; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. We will miss him.
Submitted by Jeff Pewitt
Kim Carlton Tuttle, 40, Howell, Mich., died July 4, 2002. He was born July 3, 1962 in Battle Creek, the son of Carl E. and Nancy A. (Gordon) Tuttle.
Kim was a member of the Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher Association of Mason and the Oklahoma Steam Thresher Association. He was superintendent of Livingston Aggregate, Inc.
Survivors include his children, Josh and Jordon; his father, Carl; a sister, Rhonda Davis; and brothers Jeffrey and Rodney.
Submitted by Mark Corson
Walter Pohlmann, New Haven, Mo., passed away April 3, 2002, at the age of 92. Walter was a dairy farmer for most of his life. As a young man he worked the western wheat harvest and there became interested in steam. He owned Advance-Rumely, Russell, Peerless and Case traction engines and numerous tractors. He attended the Owensville Threshers Assn. Steam Engine Show at Rosebud, Mo., until 2000, when his health began to fail. Walter was a kind and generous man whose warm smile will be fondly remembered.
Submitted by Clifford Baumer
Lloyd E. Larson, Alexandria, Minn., passed away Aug. 17, 2001, at the age of 85. Lloyd was a subscriber to Iron-Men Album starting in the early 1950s, and he helped start many Minnesota threshing shows, being the first person to bring a sawmill to many of those early shows. He lived to see his Jackson Lumber Harvester belted up to a steam engine. He had his sawmill at Rollag, Dalton, Albany, Donnelly, Cottonwood, Canby, Redwood Falls, and many others.
Lloyd was a lifetime member of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers' Reunion in Rollag, Minn., and a member of the Pioneer Power Club in Alexandria, Minn., where he displayed his 1925 Rumely Oil Pull. He also attended as many shows as he could every year. He was known by many people as the 'sawmill man.'
His dad, Victor, started sawing in 1922, and he did custom lumber sawing and stack threshing for many farmers surrounding the Carlos, Minn., area. My dad taught me everything I know about lumber sawing, and I'm very proud to carry on the tradition. He loved to tell stories about his early years of farming, threshing and lumber sawing.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; three daughters, Barb, Mary and Julie; a son, Rick; and 11 grandchildren. Lloyd will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Rick Larson