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Raleigh Victor Barnett
Raleigh Victor Barnett, 82, Waterfall, died at 9:05 a.m., Monday, May 15, 2006, at Chambersburg Hospital.
Born June 15, 1923, in Taylor Township, he was the son of the late James and Emma (Reeder) Barnett. He was married to Inez Brown on January 6, 1945. She survives at their home.
He is survived by a son, Richard, and his wife, Judy, Hustontown; two daughters: Sandra Sharpe and husband Joe of Wells Tannery, and Shirley Johnson, Fort Loudon; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Evelyn Bitner, Zullinger, Pa., and Blanche Umbrell, Chambersburg.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
He was a member of Center United Methodist Church, Waterfall.
He spent most of his life in the coal business. He was the owner and operator of L and B Coal Co., and co-owner and president of L and B Coal Co. Inc.
He enjoyed his collection of Ford 8N tractors that is said to be the largest private collection of such tractors in the country today.
He was retired from the board of directors of Fulton County National Bank and Trust Co., McConnellsburg, where he had served from 1986 until 1998. He was a former member of Fulton County Medical Center Board and Forbes Road School Board.
He was a member of Somerset Lodge 0358, Free and Accepted Masons, as well as the Jaffa Shrine, Altoona, Pa., and Harrisburg Consistory.
He also was a member of Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society and Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 4426, Broad Top.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 18, at Center United Methodist Church, Waterfall. Pastor George Clippinger will officiate. Burial will be made in Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be no viewing at the church on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Center United Methodist Church, c/o Ruth Knepper, treasurer, 862 Drifting Lane, Hustontown, PA 17229.
Raleigh Barnett Dies At Age 82
Known for his love of Ford 8N tractors 05/19/06
Raleigh Barnett, coal operator, bank director and community leader, died Monday in Chambersburg Hospital following a short illness. He was 82 years old.
Believed to have owned the largest collection of Ford 8N tractors in the country, he had been working on one of his prized collections at his home near Waterfall just three weeks ago when he suddenly became ill with severe abdominal pain.
Getting things done was a way of life for Raleigh Barnett. He began his career working in the coal business operating "drag line" in Somerset County. Later, he moved back to Waterfall in Fulton County, where he was born, and operated his own coal-stripping business from 1960 to 1969. After working at JLG Industries, he again went into the coal business in 1974 with his son, Richard, and a partner. Raleigh and his son also owned and operated Broad Top Trucking, which was formed in 1985.
Raleigh's display of all 64 8Ns delighted visitors from near and far to Fulton County's annual Fall Folk Festival for many years.
In the 1950s, Raleigh was working hard to make a living and collecting and restoring tractors hadn't even occurred to him then. After working at stripping coal for H.B. Mellott in Fulton County, he went out to the Boswell area of Somerset County to work after Mellott was tragically killed in an airplane accident. It would be another 10 years before he bought his next Ford 8N tractor, beginning a hobby that paralleled his success as a coal operator and director of The Fulton County National Bank & Trust Co. (FCNB).
Retiring from the FCNB board in 1998, he was the largest single stockholder of that bank at the time of his death. He was also a former board member of the Fulton County Medical Center and the Forbes Road School Board.
Always civic-minded, Raleigh was a Mason, a member of the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
A devoted family man, Raleigh is survived by his wife, Inez, and by a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Palmer Alvin Fossum was born November 17, 1927 , at his mother’s home place in Wheatland Township , Rice County , Minnesota , to Bennie and Bertha (Paulsen) Fossum. He was baptized and confirmed at Trondhjem Lutheran Church in Lonsdale and was raised on a farm West of Trondhjem Church in Forest Township . He attended District 107 county school near Trondhjem Church and graduated from Northfield High School in 1946.
After his education he worked on the farm until he was drafted into the US Army in May 1954. Following basic training he returned on furlough and married Harriet Jorgensen on July 31, 1954 at Farmington Lutheran Church . Shortly after marriage he left for Korea where he worked as a mechanic supervisor in the motor pool. Following his discharge they lived a year in Farmington . Harriet’s family then sold their farm and Palmer and Harriet took over the Fossum Farm at Lonsdale.
In 1964 they bought their current farm just east of Northfield . Together they farmed and milked cows, and in 1980, Palmer started his career with small Ford tractors, something he is well know for and has made him friends around the world. The Ford tractors became more than just a career - he loved what he did and was always willing to share his knowledge with anyone who asked or called. Although somewhat retired, he was still working until his health failed just a few weeks ago.
Palmer was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church , the Rice County Steam and Gas Club, Rice County Shipper’s Association, the Farmers Union, and as director emeritus for the National Ford Tractor Collectors Club. Palmer enjoyed animals and his Lutefisk. He was honest, fair, and had a good sense of humor. His family and friends were of greatest importance to him, and he took great pride in his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Harriet; 5 children: Carmen and husband Norman Sevcik, Loren and wife Anne, Layton and wife Lynn, Lowell and wife Loretta, Charlene Hamblin, all of Northfield; 8 grandchildren: Jeremy and Scott Sevcik, Lisa Skluzacek, Ben, Ashley, Justine and Miranda Fossum, Ethan Hamblin; 6 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Brookelyn, and Tanner Skluzacek, Courtney, Jacob and Madyson Sevcik; and other relatives and friends.
Palmer passed away Friday Morning, December 14, 2007 , at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness, at the age of 80.
Funeral services will be 11AM Wednesday, December 19, 2007 , at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. Craig Ellingboe officiating. Music will be provided by Donna Paulsen & Barb Moore. Interment with Military Honors will be in Oaklawn Cemetery . Casket bearers will be Dan Coffman, Kevin Fossum, Robert Ohmann, Erling Halverson, Chris Peterson and Richard Volkert. Honorary casket bearers will be Doug Fossum, Keith Kvistad, Roger Paulsen, Milo Quinnell, Richard Reller and Frank Skluzacek. Visitation will be 4-8PM Tuesday, December 18, 2007at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the funeral.
Memorials are preferred to the Trondjhem Community Preservation Society, the Rice County Gas & Steam Club, or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church .
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.
John Bower, age 56, died suddenly on Monday, March 17th. Survived by his wife of 26 years, Jerelyn, daughter Katie, son Mark of Sarasota, Florida, parents Erwin & Evelyn Bower, sister Dena (Keith), brother Kirk, all of Flushing, Michigan; also many friends and family.
1945 - 2008
Chiz - Gary E. January 28, 2010; husband of Rebecca (Dirschberger); father of Aaron Chiz and Jason Rowley; brother of Mark Chiz. The family will be present Sunday 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon at the JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME (Amherst Chapel) 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy. at N. Bailey (same location as Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home) immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 12:00 Noon. Friends invited.
Carl J. Davis, 68, of Berrien Center, died Monday, September 27, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 1, at the Berrien Center Bible Church, with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Caldwell Cemetery, Eau Claire. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, September 30, at the Bowerman Funeral Home in Eau Claire. Online messages for the family may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com. Memorial donations in Carl’s name may be made to the Central County Center for Senior Citizens in Berrien Springs.
Carl was born August 6, 1942, in Traverse City, Mich., the son of Stewart and Delia (Bancroft) Davis. He married Janet Rodell on April 4, 1964, in Eau Claire. He worked for Berrien County Farm Bureau Oil for 33 years as an agricultural technician. During part of that time, from 1977 to 1992, he also worked with his brother Max at Max’s garage, where he became known as the Diesel Doctor. Carl was a Ford tractor enthusiast; he was director of the Ford Tractor Association of Michigan, was a member of the Tin Lizzy Club, and a member of the Hartford Antique Tractor Club.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Kimberly (David) Armstrong of Berrien Center; son, Gregory (Leslie) Davis of Bridgman; grandchildren—Bryan Lee and Eric Jay Armstrong, and Michael, Carlie and Paige Davis; great-grandson, Ivan Webberling; twin sister, Carol (Roy) Thorne of Morrice, Michigan; brother, Max (Marge) Davis of Berrien Center; and his mother-in-law, Marian Rodell; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.Eulogy written by Tim Daley.
Harold L. Brock of Waterloo, Iowa died at his home January 2, 2011 at age 96. He was born November 23, 1914 to Edgar and Ada Grace Snedegar Brock in Clarksburg, WV, but spent his formative years in the Detroit, MI area.
On June 19, 1937 in Detroit, he married Juliette “Judy” S. Brower, who died February 27, 1990 in Waterloo. He married Kathleen Sheehan in Waterloo on July 1, 1991, and she died April 14, 2010.
Harold was also preceded in death by his sister Mildred Bruce and brother Lynwood Brock. He is survived by his son Robert (Pat) Brock of Waterloo; daughter Barbara Brock, roommate Judy Franzen of New Lenox, IL; daughter Kathleen (Jerry) Wilharm of Maryville, TN; 4 granddaughters: Kathryn “Katie” Olenek, Sara (Matt) Doede, Kari (Bobbi Streeter) Brock-Streeter, and Erin Brock; four great-grandsons: Ryan and Kyle Olenek, Alec and Eric Doede.
As a child, Harold Brock’s family moved to the Washington DC area, then to the Detroit region. In 1929 at age 15, Harold left traditional schooling to enter the Ford Trade and Apprentice School in Dearborn, MI. There he met founder Henry Ford, who became his mentor and introduced him to the great thinkers and inventors of the day. Harold met or worked with men such as Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, Harvey Firestone, Luther Burbank, Harry Ferguson, Lee Iacocca, Edsel Ford and Henry Ford II.
Harold began his career at Ford working on car and truck design. By 1938 Mr. Ford chose Harold to spearhead the design and production of the revolutionary Ford 9N tractor, which was accomplished in six months. Harold continued to provide innovations for Ford for over 28 years, except for the World War II years when he turned his focus to the design of the Jeep which was originally Ford’s design. He also redesigned the front armor and drive systems for the Sherman tanks.
He joined the design team at the John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo in 1959. He became the Director of Tractor Research and later the first Worldwide Manager of Product Engineering. He headed the design group for the Deere 4020 tractor, which has influenced tractor design ever since. He retired in February 1980, but served as a global consultant and, in the 1980s, assisted in a joint effort between Deere and Yanmar.
Harold Brock was a past president of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and founder of the Mississippi Valley Section of SAE. He was also member and Fellow of the ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers).
Remembering the training and education he received from Ford, in 1965 Harold was one of four community leaders who lobbied the Iowa legislature to establish the Hawkeye Institute of Technology. He was instrumental in building the campus south of Waterloo and later expanding its focus to become Hawkeye Community College. He was involved with the school for 45 years, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Hawkeye Foundation, many of those years as Board Chairman.
In recent years, Harold focused his energies on sharing the history he had witnessed. He wrote the book “The Fords in My Past” and co-authored or contributed to several books and video projects on the history of tractors and agriculture. He was called on often as a guest speaker for wide-ranging audiences, from fellow engineers and business leaders, to antique collectors and school children.
Much has been written and spoken about Harold Brock’s accomplishments. He was well-recognized in the Waterloo region, state of Iowa, nationwide and internationally, receiving numerous awards and honors, including the Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award in 2008 and in 2010 an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Iowa State University.
Books, internet blogs, and publications about tractors, agriculture or automotive engineering are filled with references to Harold Brock, using terms like “legend” and “innovator.” Folks who actually spoke with Harold recall him as “amazingly accessible” and “humble,” while generous with his time and genuine in his interest for others. He lived the philosophies of Henry Ford about reaching out to youth, and continuing to learn to stay young in mind.
Harold’s family and friends will remember a quiet, spiritual man who was soft-spoken and gentle. He was a valued source of advice for many with his consistent, confident, and caring views on life’s challenges.
He was a man of diverse tastes. He enjoyed shopping on Chicago’s State Street but preferred his local K-Mart, which grew from the stores founded in Detroit by his Sunday school teacher, S.S. Kresge. He was at ease in the country club, but looked forward to his next fast-food burger, or the next taco with extra hot sauce. For many years his Christmas dinner table included a large bowl of pinto beans and raw onions to remind the family of their humble beginnings, but guests could also enjoy meat from the grill.
He had a quick wit and a sharp memory, and loved sharing stories of his days with the influential men most people only know from history books. He also enjoyed family fishing trips to Gull Lake in Minnesota, outings to Chicago, and his many trips to Japan.
Music was part of Harold’s life, whether it was attending concerts involving his children or grandchildren, symphony concerts, barbershop shows, or organ recitals. Throughout much of his life, he entertained himself and family members sitting at the Hammond organ in his home.
In December, he issued his first and only Christmas letter. It focused on his love for his extended family, and gave thanks for those caring for him. He closed his letter by saying “Historians now have a chance to judge my contributions to building a better world for others.” Those who knew him say a resounding “Job well done!”
Services: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at First Congregational United Church of Christ 608 West 4th St. Waterloo
Ronald R. TePoel, passed away April 16, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 64.
He was born Sept. 12, 1947, to Raymond and Elsie TePoel. He went to school in Kasson, graduating from Kasson/Mantorville High School in 1965. Ronald attended Mankato State and received his Bachelor's degree. He married Barb Hetzel and they later divorced. In 1985 he married Helen McBride, they separated in 1999. Ron had five step-children and 11 step-grandchildren.
Ronald is also survived by 12 siblings, Betty Kiehne of Harmony, Judy Bacon of Lake Dallas, Texas, Carol Peterson (Rodney) of Rochester, Harvey TePoel (Sandee) of Rochester, Kathy Mumford of Branson, Mo., Joanne Chester (Rick) of Seattle, Wash., Bonnie LaBresh of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Margaret Clarey (Rob) of White Salmon, Wash., Howard TePoel (Vicky) of Rochester, Sherry Mumford (Chris) of The Dalles, Ore., Ramona Manke of Lakeville and Virginia Mumford (Carey) of Portland, Ore.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elsie and one brother, Russell.
Services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Holy Family Church in Kasson. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the services. A reception will follow. Burial will be in St. Margaret Cemetery in Mantorville.
Memorials are preferred to the family in lieu of flowers.
Mr. Delbert Heusinkveld, age 89, of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
Delbert Urban was born on September 12, 1923, in Springfield, South Dakota, the son of Dick and Hannah (Wynia) Heusinkveld. He was raised at Springfield, where he attended the Equal Rights School through the eighth grade. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy for one year.
On July 3, 1944, he married Bernice Irene Jurrens in Vermillion, South Dakota. They made their home in Springfield, except for three years in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In 1965, they settled in Hull and they moved to Sioux Center in 1988. In 2011, they returned to Hull and became residents of Aspen Heights Assisted Living. He transferred to the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull in March of 2012.
Delbert was a self-employed trucker.
He was a member of the First Reformed Church and the Antique Tractor Club.
Delbert enjoyed restoring Ford tractors and going to tractor and car shows. He was the originator of the V-8 engine for Ford tractors.
Delbert and Bernice enjoyed traveling, having traveled to all 50 states, excluding Hawaii. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of almost 69 years; three daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Edward Van Gerpen, of Avon, South Dakota; Carol and Mel Tjeerdsma, of Maryville, Missouri; and Betty and John “Bud” Zoet, of Hull; seven grandchildren, Douglas (Darla) Van Gerpen, Scott (Julie) Van Gerpen, Brenda (Ike) Tyre, Becky (John) Hermann, Cindy (Jake) Akehurst, Deb (Daryl) Van Den Top, and Amy (Brent) Van Den Top; nineteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Glen (Jessie) Heusinkveld and Marion Heusinkveld, all of Springfield.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandsons, Jan Van Gerpen and Jeff Zoet; a brother, Garret (Edith) Heusinkveld; and a sister, Susan (Jim) Namminga.
October 8, 1930 - April 4, 2014
David was born October 8, 1930 in Detroit, MI to Malcolm and Edna Cartwright McLaren.
He grew up in Dearborn, MI and attended Greenfield Village Schools and Edison Institute. In 1939 he was selected by Ford to demonstrate, in front of 500 guests, the new Ford 9N Tractor and was featured with Henry Ford to plow a patch of soy beans at the Ford Estate in Dearborn showing that it was so easy to operate that an 8 year old could do it.
In 1948 he moved to Belleair Beach with his parents and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1950. David is a USAF veteran, graduate of Southern Technical Institute and Nova University. He had his private pilots' license and volunteered within the community including at Everybody's Tabernacle. In 1986 David retired from GTE, Tampa after 29 years. Afterwards, he did consulting work with his company ITELA.
He was a Life member and Past Regional Director of IEEE; he was a member, Deacon and Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater. After retirement David enjoyed attending high school reunions, Clearwater Historical Society Fish Frys, traveling with his wife and his bicycle group, The Silver Riders.
David is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lynn in 2013; and is survived by his children, Peter and his wife, Cindee; Carrie and her husband, Charles Star; Paul and his wife Karla; 4 grandsons, Malcolm, Sidney, Wesley and Brad; his brother, John; nephew, Michael and nieces Sue and Margaret.
Visitation will be Friday, April 11th, 6pm-8pm at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher Rd, Clearwater and service will be Saturday April 12th , 11am at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater with interment to follow at Dunedin Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Visitation for William Luther Harris, Jr. will be Friday, July 25, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, Oxberry, MS. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with interment in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Kevin Tribble will officiate the services.
Mr. Harris died peacefully at his home on Tuesday July 22, 2014.
He was born on April 21, 1923, to William Luther Harris, Sr. and Robbie Payne Harris.
Mr. Harris was a member and deacon of Bethel Baptist Church. His unwavering faith in God, love for his country, and his genuine kindness to everyone were integral parts of his daily life. So many have spoken of the kindness shown to them by him over the span of his lifetime.
Mr. Harris served in combat during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He drove a school bus for Holcomb School at the age of 14. He opened Harris Tractor Company in 1960, and planted his last farm crop this year at the age of 91.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie Organ Harris; a brother, Robert Lee Harris; and a sister, Bernice Harris Little.
He is survived by his son, Bob Harris (Toni) of Holcomb; his daughter, Jeanette Selby (Jerry) of Holcomb; sister-in-law, Grace Harris; four grandchildren; Bryan Harris (Cricket) of Grenada; Brad Harris (Brooke) of Daphne, AL; Ron Selby of Leland; Renee DeWeese of Madison; six great- grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Harris, Brad Harris, Ron Selby, Dillon DeWeese, Gerry Speir, Donald Wayne Staten, Bill Bailey, and Keith Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church.
Kenneth F. Crisman, 68 of Franklin passed away unexpectedly on Thursday September 18, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
Born November 16, 1945 in Franklin he was a son of the late Bruce and Dorothy Brinkley Crisman.
Ken owned and operated JJ's Carpentry for a number of years.
He was a very proud father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
Ken attended the Fox Street Church of God.
Surviving are two daughters; Tammy Crisman of LaPorte, IN and Debbie Cogswell and her husband Ray of Polk; two grandchildren, Sean Cogswell and Haley Cogswell; one brother, James Crisman of FL; and eight sisters; Shirley Patterson and her husband Frank of Franklin, Joyce Lockhart and her husband Bob of Franklin, Judy Johns and her husband Bob of Rocky Grove, Kathy Warner and her husband Terry of Parker, Karen Johnson and her husband Randy of Franklin, Sue Allen and her husband George of Franklin, Linda Snyder and her husband Cliff of Greenville and Brenda Winters and her husband John of Reno.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Crisman.
Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Fox Street Church of God , 229 Fox St. Franklin with the Rev. Lonny Wolford, Church Pastor, officiating.
Interment will be made at Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.