The Golden Roll


| November/December 2001



Cliff and William Kovacic

Far left and far right: Cliff and William Kovacic

ERNEST LAVERNE CROUT, 68, of Montour Falls, N.Y., born March 10, 1933, passed away May 19, 2001 in Elmira, N.Y.

Verne displayed his traction engines and steam rollers at shows in upper state New York and Pennsylvania. Verne always enjoyed visiting with friends at other shows.

CLIFFORD 'CLIFF' F. KOVACIC, 48, of Spencer, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, in Medina, Ohio.

He was born March 19, 1953, in Berea, and was a Medina County resident for 34 years. Mr. Kovacic was a noted collector of steam traction engines and frequented steam meets across the Midwest, Dover, Medina and Greenfield Village. His assistance to other collectors in the endeavor endeared him to many throughout the area. Mr. Kovacic enjoyed an extensive collection of early automobiles, which delighted many who attended local fairs, car meets and rallies. He also was a member of the York Township Historical Society. His devotion to the Medina County area began with his development of K&M Construction Co., and along with his son Billy, founded Liberty Excavating in 1992.

Mr. Kovacic was the beloved husband of Jane (nee Bellville), to whom he was married 27 years; loving father of Elizabeth, Charles and the late William (Billy); dearest son of Betty (nee Davis) and the late William; dear brother of Charles; devoted son-in-law of Albert and Jean Palmer; cousin of Bud Kovacic; brother-in-law of Patricia Lambert, Albert Palmer, Megan Huey, Debra Smith, Pamala Palmer, Shawnee 'Jo' Williams and the late Rhonda Berberich. His pleasant smile will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions may be made to Medina County Fair Victims Fund, c/o Western Reserve Bank, 4015 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256.