MR. HERMAN WALCOTT, of Allendale, Michigan, passed away November
11, 1997 at age 94. He was a true gentleman dedicated to serving
Christ, his family, church, and community. Born in 1902, he lived
in the local area all his life. He grew up on a farm and was
operating his father’s steam threshing rig by age 18, doing
custom threshing and silo filling.
In 1923 his father purchased a grain elevator which became Mr.
Walcott’s lifelong business venture, along with selling Case
and New Idea farm equipment for a time.
He had a special love for steam and ran his engine at a local
show just this past summer. His favorite of all events was
threshing with steam. He was a quiet man with a wealth of
knowledge, experience, and information which he would share freely
when asked. We thank the Lord he went peacefully, but our hobby has
lost a pillar in his passing. He is survived by his four children,
18 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.
Submitted by grandson Russ Gelder, 6246 Chicago Drive,
Zeeland, Michigan 49464.