| September/October 2004

Arlan D. Koopman, 51, Flanagan, Ill., died Feb. 25, 2004. Arlan was born Feb. 17, 1953, in Pontiac, Ill.

Arlan was a member of the Central States Threshermen, Pontiac; the South Lake County Historical Society, Crown Point, Ind.; and the Will County Threshermen Assn. Arlan attended many of the area shows.

He worked for Spires TV in Minonk, Ill., for 10 years. Then in 1982, he started A & K Electronics and in 1988 opened A & K Video, both in Flanagan, Ill. He most recently worked for Wheeler Communications in Flanagan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Truman Koopman. Surviving is his mother, Delores Koopman, Flanagan; and his sister, Brenda (Jon) DeFries, Fairbury, Ill.

Submitted by Mark A. Corson, Crown Point, Ind.

Lewis Woods, age 86, Mustang, Okla., died March 30, 2004, at his home. He was born June 24, 1917, in Dry Valley Township, Mo., to Rice and Pearl Spillman Woods. He lived in Pierce City, Mo., until the early 1940s when he moved to Oklahoma.

Lewis was a master machinist, working for BS&B for a number of years and for KimRay, Inc. from 1948 to 1977 as a machinist and fabricator. After retirement in 1977, he owned and operated his own fabrication business, Lewis Woods Enterprises. During World War II, Lewis was a searchlight technician for the 203rd Coast Artillery.

He was an avid tractor and steam engine collector, and belonged to several clubs, including Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Assn., Murray County Antique Tractor and Implement Assn., Silver City Antique Tractor Club and Canadian Rivers Old Iron Club. Lewis was one of a few steam engineers left in this part of the country and was the proud owner of an operating Wood Bros, steamer.

He is survived by two sons, Jerry D. Woods and Larry W. Woods; two daughters, Linda Kaye Riley and Vicki Lou Wolverton; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Lewis was a very special person who was well loved by family and friends.

Submitted by Mark A. Corson, Crown Point, Ind.


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