HORACE E. (HEZZIE) RIDENOUR departed this life March 13 at the age of 65. Death came suddenly while he was among his engines at his home in Modesto, California. A native of Missouri, he moved to Palmdale in 1935, to Turlock in 1967 then to Modesto in 1971. He was an engine mechanic for 40 years. He was a member of E.D.G.E. & T.A. Branch 6 and 13, also W.H.E.A.T. His dedicated interest and sharing expertise concerning all types of engines will be missed by many friends. Submitted by Ivan Lowe, 6419 W. Main, Turlock, California 95380.
PAUL REED (PEDO) HENRY, 66, died October 14, 1979. He had been in apparent good health and his death was unexpected. He was a long-time member and exhibitor of the Pioneer Engineers Club, Rushville, Indiana and he attended other local shows.
Submitted by Zane Prifogle, Connersuille, Indiana 47331.
It is with deep sorrow that I advise you of the death of my father, JAMES W. CHANDLER. As you might already know, he had been seriously ill for 18 months, however, his death was unexpected.
On December 18, 1979, he suffered an apparent heart attack while driving and his car struck a tree. He was hospitalized two weeks before suffering another massive coronary which resulted in his death on January 1, 1980 (New Year's Day) at 10 P.M. in St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis.
He was born August 6, 1915, in Switzerland County, Indiana, son of Charles W. and May Eggleston Chandler. He came to Frankfort in 1930, and lived most of the rest of his life here. He married Edith R. Guntle on December 4, 1937. They were devoted to each other until her death on July 15, 1979.
He loved his family dearly, but his second great love was steam power. .....both steam engines and locomotives. He was considered by all who knew him to be an authority on steam power.
His father had worked in the Huber Manufacturing plant, and this is where he first became acquainted with the big engines. Later, he worked with them first hand: threshing, sawmilling, etc. He was a former Nickel Plate Railroader (fireman). But he left this job in the late 1940s when his family came along and he did not want to be away from home so much.
He then became an operating enginer, working with bulldozers, cranes, earthmovers, etc. He helped build many large bridges in central Indiana; and prior to his retirement in May, 1978, he had worked on most of the interstate systems around Indianapolis. He was forced to retire due to his heart condition.
During the last 15 years, he had been compiling a book on steam locomotives. It was very near completion at the time of his death, and it is the hope of our family that the book will be published as is.
He will be missed by his many, many friends nationwide, including fellow members of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana and the National Threshers Association.
Daddy, I know had kept in touch with the magazine, and I am sure many people will recognize his name, though they might not have known him personally. Please note that our family would enjoy correspondence from his many friends addressed to me.
Submitted by Carolyn S. Adams, daughter of James W. Chandler, 652 Delphi Avenue, Frankfort, Indiana 46041.
BENJAMIN 'BEN' DRAKE, died recently. He was raised in Humboldt, Nebraska with steam and gas threshing, shelling, saw mills, etc. He was a very good machinist and was an honest, hard-working Christian man. I doubt if he had a single enemy in the world. He was well-known in Nebraska and the Midwest states and to Iron Men readers. This world could have used Ben to a very good advantage for another 100 years.
Submitted by Bruce McCourtney, Syracuse, Nebraska 68446.
TONY JUHL, of Brayton, Iowa, died October 25, 1979, near 93 years of age a short week after a customer found him lying on the floor of his machine shop, the result of a fall some hours before.
As a bachelor he was an honored and honest person to his community and country as a machinist in his repair shop.
He and a brother, Charlie, threshed in the 'old hay days' with two separate steam rigs, with the reputation and know-how of doing the job right. It was known that things worked with no mechanical breakdowns.
Tony was honored as 'Thresher-man of The Year' in 1974 at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
In World War I, he served his country. He was a member of the American Legion and the American Rifle Association and was an ardent gunsmith and marksman as well.
May this be a tribute and farewell to this kind of passing era.
Submitted by Raleigh Woltmann.
ALBERT BUDENSKI, 69, of West Concord, Minnesota, died April 3, 1980. Albert and brothers, Louie, Edward and Robert, formed the Zumbro Valley Threshermen's Association back in 1954. It was an annual event attended by many on their farm until 1971. I'm sure many Album readers remember the show.
Submitted by Allan Danielson, Kenyon, Minnesota 55946.