DURWARD H. SAMUEL, 1806 South Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, South
Dakota passed away September 22, 1965 at the age of 82. He is
survived by his wife Etta, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers. Committal was
in Wood-lawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This announcement
became separated from its envelope so we don’t know who sent it
in to the Album. If we did, we would request more information
concerning Mr. Samuel. Anyone who would care to provide us with the
information is welcome to do so. Thank you.
SHERMAN BLAINE DEETER entered into his eternal rest in Mease
Hospital, Dunedin, Florida on Sunday the 5th of June, 1966. He was
a retired designing engineer with a background of farming and farm
machinery. His first love was the steam engine. As a boy on the
farm he was the mechanic who kept the machinery running when things
happened. His ability carried over to designing coal machinery for
the Joy Mfg. Company from where he retired early due to a heart
condition. His move to Florida was on doctors’ advice and for
four years he enjoyed the retirement here. His last year of life
was not too good and his interests were mostly confined to reading.
Thus he watched for the Iron Men to arrive and even ask for it
while in the hospital. Mr. Deeter was a native Pennsylvanian and
followed with interest the reunions even after he was unable to
CLIFFORD E. VAVERKA, 63, lifelong resident of Richland township
southeast of Tama and widely known for his interest in old steam
engines and threshing rigs, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, June 30,
1966, at Evangelical hospital in Marshalltown where he had been a
patient for a month. His home was 8 miles southeast of Tama.
The funeral service was held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon,
July 3, at the Mason Funeral Home in Tama with the Rev. Walter
Martin of the Haven Community church officiating. Mrs. Peggy Cibula
played the organ for James Black as he sang, ‘Beyond the
Sunset,’ and ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.’
Caring for the floral tributes were Mrs. Noble Houston, Mrs.
Owen Flanagen, and Mrs. Wayne Wilcox. Interment was in Rector
Clifford Earl Vaverka, son of Joseph and Ada Greeler Vaverka,
was born September 21, 1902, in Richland township, Tama County,
Iowa, in what is now the Albert Leusch home. He lived his entire
life in that community. He started school at the Rich-land No. 4
school and completed his schooling at Richland No. 5.
Mr. Vaverka was married to Angeline Ryan of Chelsea on February
11, 1931, the wedding taking place in the Baptist parsonage in
Marshalltown. The Rev. W. R. Yard officiated.
Mr. Vaverka fanned all of his life in Richland township.
WILLIAM F. GAYER, of Rock Valley, Iowa passed away August 28,
1966 at the age of 66. Mr. Leroy Fett of Harrisburg, South Dakota
sent us this notice and tells us that Mr. Gayor passed away
suddenly after a 10 day illness. He sent in many articles to the
Iron-Men Album and the Gas Engine Magazine. He was a fine man and a
familiar face at the thresh reunions. He is also noted for his many
photos and interesting films. His picture was on page 6 of the
May-June Album, 1966.
ADOLPH OSCAR RUDE – son of John and Karen Rude, was born in
Clare Township, Moody County, South Dakota, on September 30, 1898.
He attended the rural schools and grew to manhood on the farm. He
farmed one year and in 1923 he started a well drilling business
which he has operated ever since. He was united in marriage to Mary
Nesby on June 26, 1939. He was a member of the Clare Lutheran
Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Isaac Walton League and the
Flandreau Civic and Commerce Assn. Adolph was a key man at the
Flandreau Threshing Meet and will be missed by his friends and
FRANK J. REISEN, age 60, a longtime resident of Zwingli, Iowa,
was stricken by a heart attack on July 28. Frank perhaps was best
known as the owner and operator of Reisen’s Standard Service in
Zwingle and as a lover of steam engines and shows. For several
years he was the proud owner of a 19 horse Port Huron engine until
ill health forced him to sell this engine, which is now owned by a
Wisconsinite, Melvin Cassels. Undaunted, Frank then proceeded to
acquire several antique gasoline engines, which, with the aid of
his grandson, Kerry Reisen, he displayed at Justin Hingten’s
annual Mississippi Valley Steam Show near Zwingle. Frank also
enjoyed attending various area steam shows when he could find the
time. He and his son-in-law, Bob Bell, visited shows in Iowa,
Indiana, Michigan, and Canada, and usually came home tired, hungry,
dirty, and enthusiastic. But the way we his family remember him
best is sitting out in ‘the office’ surrounded by friends,
all arguing, laughing, smoking (cigars), and turning the air blue
with their good-natured cussing.