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Dean    Posted 09-28-2017 at 19:11:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My neighbor across the road passed this past Saturday.

    Aside from being a Ford tractor collector he was a good man and a close friend.

    He owned a 50 (?) 8N that he bought in 1955 (?), and, after retiring 20+ years ago, collected and restored 6 or 7 other vintage Fords.

    He grew up locally, joined the Air Force after high school, and became a flight engineer on a B-29 in Korea.

    He flew his missions without incident, aside from a single engine fire, returned home, married his high school sweetheart who had been working for Crosley in Cincinnati while waiting for him to return, raised five very good kids, and sent all of them to college while working as a laborer in a local factory. All of his kids turned out very well.

    His wife, a very hard worker at home raising the kids and doing the domestic work, never worked outside of the home after they were married. She passed about three years ago.

    I admire him immensely and will miss him.

    Dean

    Wayne N Ind.    Posted 09-29-2017 at 19:11:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Sounds like a good man to have met. These old ford bring a lot of people together. Sorry to hear about your friend.

    Jimmyjack    Posted 09-29-2017 at 11:46:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We are all getting to the age where this happens more and more. You have my9673 sympathy and I hope that hollow spot will be filled. I too lost my neighbor and best mechanic last year and i know what you are feeling.

    steveVa    Posted 09-29-2017 at 11:00:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Good friends are hard to find, but when you think about it, they are a gift. Sorry for your loss.. The good news is that part of him lives on in his children and in the good memories you have. And he is now united wih his loved ones, especially his wife.

    steveVa    Posted 09-29-2017 at 11:00:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Good friends are hard to find, but when you think about it, they are a gift. Sorry for your loss.. The good news is that part of him lives on in his children and in the good memories you have. And he is now united wih his loved ones, especially his wife.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-29-2017 at 08:47:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • RIP fellow Ford enthusiast. Interesting he worked at Crosley. Condolences to his family and to you too, Dean.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 09-29-2017 at 14:45:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks, Tim.

    My friend did not work for Crosley but his high school sweetheart did in the early 1950s while she was waiting for him to return from the Korean war.

    FWIW, my Father, born in 1904, worked for Crosley during the 1930s. He was fortunate that Crosley was a closely held corporation and that Powell Crosley did not believe in borrowing money. As a result, he survived the great depression relatively unscathed and my Father had a good job throughout the depression.

    My Father knew Powell Crosley on a first name basis and occasionally attended events at the Crosley summer retreat on South or Werk (?) Road, in what was then the country west of Cincinnati. When small, I remember my Father pointing out the then over grown property (tied-up in estate suits) and telling me that he attended Christmas parties there in the 1930s. I well remember him talking about the Duesenberg sitting in front of the house. Powell Crosley owned two Duesenbergs.

    In the late 1930s, Crosley built a plant in Kokomo to make automobile radios. Subsequently, he sold this plant to GM to raise money for his life time ambition, that being manufacturing automobiles. My Father was sent to Kokomo to facilitate the sale of the Kokomo plant to GM. Apparently, GM liked him because they offered him a job in 1939, which he accepted. He worked for GM until he retired thirty years later in 1969.

    My Father always spoke well of Powell Crosley as did my neighbor's wife.

    Dean

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-29-2017 at 16:50:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Back in June at the EyesOn Design show at the Edsel Ford Estate, we tractor guys were set up in a parking lot and across from us was the entire Crosley display. They had everything from radios, military vehicles, tractors, cars, and a boat. I hung out with the Crosley guys a lot and learned a heck of a lot about them and Powell I never knew before. I wish I would've taken more pictures.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 09-29-2017 at 17:21:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation, was published in 2006. It is a very good book about the Crosley enterprises. Today, you can buy a copy on Amazon for next to nothing or go to your local library and read it for free.

    Powell Crosley was the visionary but his more practical brother Lewis was the engineering genius that turned Powell's visions into products that American consumers wanted and would buy.

    I highly recommend the book for anyone even remotely interested in the Crosley story.

    Dean

    Ultradog MN    Posted 09-29-2017 at 04:54:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm sorry Dean.
    It's tough to lose a friend.
    On the other hand, you never know what's around the corner.
    I have spoken about my pal Kenny many times. Before I met him his best friend was Palmer Fossum. They spent a lot of time together and did a lot of collaborating on Ford tractors.
    When Palmer died Ken was kind of lost for a while. Then about 4 months later is when the Good Lord told him to knock on my door and inquire about a tractor I had sitting in my driveway. That was about 8 or 9 years ago now and he's become the best friend I've ever had and I suspect the same is true for him.
    So maybe, someone will come along to take your friend's place. Like happened for Ken.
    For your sake I hope it happens.

    Dean    Posted 09-29-2017 at 08:07:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks for the thoughts, folks.

    I remember my mother commenting sometime in the mid/late 1970s that "they were losing all of their friends." At the time, I could not relate but I have learned what she meant in these past few years.

    Dean

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 09-28-2017 at 21:44:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Condolences, Dean.

    Charles(NC)    Posted 09-28-2017 at 20:12:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Sorry to hear accounts of close friends passing.No doubt you had a swell friendship with your friend.There will probably be an empty spot in your life that he occupied.From you it seems he was a remarkable neighbor.From this it assures me that GOD is getting His army ready for his return.Thanks for sharing.

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