In Memoriam

In Memoriam
Cummins Good Guys
The Trophy
Cummins Indy Racing
Columbus 2012
Litchfield 2009
Lake Tansi 2008
Litchfield 2006
Pinehurst 2005 A
Pinehurst 2005 B
Fairfield Glade 2004
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Litchfield 2002
Litchfield 2001 Report
Litchfield 2001 A
Litchfield 2001 B
Litchfield 2000
Litchfield 2000 A
Litchfield 2000 B
Litchfield 2000 C
Columbus 1999
Litchfield 1998
Orlando 1998
Arlington 1997
Memphis 1996
Columbus 1995
Litchfield 1994
Litchfield 1993
New Orleans 1992

We remember those who are no longer with us.



Bob Darlage and his wife on the left and Dennis Taylor and his wife on the right.  I believe this picture was taken in Singapore.

Dennis Taylor is one of the original Cummins Good Guys as described by Bill Elder in his recollection of the founding of the organization.  In addition he was the Recording Secretary of the CGG organization until he passed the job on to me sometime in the 1990s. 

Dennis, Ray Jackson and I enjoyed communicating about things of mutual interest, mainly Cummins or diesel industry related, via email.  I always looked forward to Dennis' stories about his time at Cummins over 40 years.  We knew many of the same people at Cummins.  He was particularly proud of his contributions to writing Cummins history through his communications with Clessie Lyle Cummins Jr. about things he witnessed while with the Company.

Dennis has been in poor health for some time, but was always cheerful and looking forward to the next day.


Dennis M. Taylor
August 25, 1930 - May 21 2019

Dennis M. Taylor, age 88 of Hudson, OH passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019. He was born in Merrill, WI and was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. He spent 40 years in the diesel engine industry including six years in the Far East based in Hong Kong and Singapore. His region included the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Burma. He shared wonderful stories of his travels. He retired in 1996 as Vice President of Sales from a Northern Ohio diesel distributor.


Dennis was active in several Ohio trade organizations, President of O.E.D.A., a Board Member of the Ohio Public Transit Association and a member of the Ohio Mining and Reclamation Association. He was also a member of The Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Mining Engineers as well as a member of American Legion Post 464, the VFW and St. Mary's LAM. He was a Life Member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the Singapore American Club. Dennis enjoyed UW football, reading and boating at the family home in Eagle River, Wisconsin



Dennis is survived by his beloved wife Rose Mary (nee Farabaugh), his loving children Patricia M. Taylor and Susan D. (Richard) Christensen and his cherished grandchildren Ava, Emma and Jacob Christensen, He is also the dear brother of Robert M. (Katherine, deceased) Taylor and the late Richard J. (Nancy, surviving) Taylor, and a dear uncle and great uncle of many. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Dennis' name to Trees for Tomorrow ( or to the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087 ( 

The family will receive friends 4-7PM TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019 at JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, 19 E. Main St., (On the Square), Hudson, OH (330-650-4181). Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 340 N. Main St., Hudson, OH. (Everyone Please Meet at Church.) Private Interment.


Don was a Sales Engineer with Dennis Taylor and Ray Jackson with Cummins in Columbus Indiana.  He attended several Cummins Good Guys golf outings in Litchfield SC.


Donald R. Toth, age 84, a 50-year resident of Naperville, IL, passed away on April 30, 2019 at Edward Hospital.

He was born September 10, 1934 and grew up in his much-loved hometown of Chagrin Falls, OH.

Don is survived by his beloved wife, Phyl Toth; his loving children, Tim (Cathy) Toth, Cindy (Steve) Craig, Brian (Cecilia) Toth and Kyle Toth; his grandchildren, Samantha, Alex, Jason, Joanne, Adam, and Lindsey; his brother, Robert (Margo) Toth; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Elsie Toth.
Don graduated with a business degree from Miami University of Oxford, OH. While there he met his sweetheart and they were married 62 years.

He had a long and successful career as a marketing executive in the heavy truck engine industry, starting at Cummins Engines and retiring from Navistar. Don was an avid golfer, bicyclist and loved dogs.

Throughout his life, Don had a passion for books and reading. He enjoyed learning, particularly exploring history, and sharing his knowledge with his family.

Don enjoyed life, especially family time together, and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

To honor Don's lifelong passions, memorial donations may be made to the Nichols Library via the Naperville Public Library Foundation at to help those with the gift of sight, memorial donations to Eversight at be greatly appreciated.

Private family services are planned. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville was entrusted with arrangements. For information, please call 630-355-0213 or visit
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 5, 2019


Ralph wasn't an official member of the Cummins Good Guys, but played golf with the group in Columbus and was a friend to many, if not all of the group. I'm taking the liberty to make him a posthumous honorary member of the Cummins Good Guys.


Ralph Edgar Schumann, 90, died October 11, 2018. Ralph was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on June 7, 1928, the third of four boys born to the late Fentrus M. Shaw and Andrew W. Schumann.

In 1950, Ralph was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers proudly serving in the U. S. Army Reserve through 1960. Ralph graduated from The Ohio State University in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in college he was recognized as an accomplished marksman with the Rifle team and was also a member of the Triangle Fraternity. After graduating, Ralph moved to Columbus to start a 35 year career with Cummins Engine Company in which he was a key contributor to the company’s creation of the NH Engine. In 1954, Ralph married Nancy Snyder, and they made a beautiful life together, raising 4 children in the Columbus community.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Snyder Schumann, his parents, and two brothers, Thomas G. and John A. Schumann.

Ralph is survived by his children, daughter Marilynn Cullison (Thomas) Swansboro, NC, son Fritz (Anne) West Chester, PA, daughters, Sally Hirsch (Daniel) Denver, CO and Kathy Kok (Hans) Carmel, IN; as well as six grandchildren: Catherine Cullison Culver (Matthew), Andy Cullison, Natalie and Claire Schumann, Caden Hirsch and Will Kok; and great grandson, Easton Culver. He is also survived by his brother, Carl R. Schumann.

The First United Methodist Church will miss his beautiful voice, where he sang in the choir for over 60 years. He was a dedicated member of the Columbus Evening Kiwanis, acting as their scholarship chairman for over 25 years. He also served on the Bartholomew County Drainage Board.

He was a true outdoorsman, and passed this love of nature on to his children and grandchildren. For 43 years, he was joined by family and friends, for an annual fishing, canoeing and camping adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An accomplished trap shooter, placing at the Grand Nationals, Ralph was a proud lifetime and Golden Eagle member of the National Rifle Association. Ralph loved hunting and fishing, and he made sure his children and grandchildren learned how to fish, paddle a canoe, hunt for morel mushrooms and tap a maple tree.

A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth Street, Columbus, IN. Private inurnment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. The family will receive online condolences at

Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church Schumann Piano Performance Fund or the First United Methodist Church.


Paul R. Kahlenbeck, 86, of Columbus, passed from this life at 4 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Kahlenbeck was born September 24, 1931, in Huntington, Indiana, the son of Henry and Pearl Lowman Kahlenbeck. He married Rosie Ross June 10, 1951; she preceded him in death August 30, 1993.

Mr. Kahlenbeck graduated in 1950 from Huntington High School.
On December 29, 1950, he entered active duty with the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Bayfield during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged November 2, 1954.

He returned home and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana in 1958. In 1990, he received his doctorate in engineering from Tri-State University where he would serve as Chairman of the Board for many years and then later was Chairman Emeritus. Even today, Mr. & Mrs. Kahlenbeck sponsored a scholarship at Trine University (formerly Tri-State).

He joined Cummins Engine Company, where he had a long, successful career. He would retire as a vice-president after many years of faithful service.

Mr. Kahlenbeck was an active member of Sandy Hook United Methodist Church, where he held various offices and served his church wherever necessary. He was an avid golfer; it was said that his hobbies included golf, golf and more golf.

Mr. Kahlenbeck is survived by his sons, John (Dee) Kahlenbeck of Columbus, Jim (Kathy) Kahlenbeck of Columbus and Joe (Andrea) Kahlenbeck of Columbus; grandchildren, Todd (Noelle) Kahlenbeck of Orlando, Florida, Lauren (Dr. Ryan) Felde of Huntley, Illinois, Scott (Natalie) Kahlenbeck of Franklin, Indiana, Amy Kahlenbeck and her fiancÚ, Jamison Benton of Seymour, Indiana, Erika Kahlenbeck of Columbus and Nathan Kahlenbeck of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Payton and Jordan Felde and Adaline and Emma Kahlenbeck; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kahlenbeck was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 42 years, Rosie; a brother, Chuck Kahlenbeck; and sisters, Lena Allen, Margaret Stephan, Ruth Harnish and Thelma Kahlenbeck.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Sandy Hook United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Russell officiating.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Mr. Kahlenbeck will be laid to rest next to his wife at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Schneck Hospice.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Kahlenbeck family at


George Gaskell was a graduate of Purdue University.  He attended several golf outings.  His last outing was 2000 at Litchfield in North Carolina.  He's in the middle facing the camera in the picture below.


George Kellogg Gaskell, 90, US Navy Veteran, 50 year career with Cummins peacefully entered eternal life on August 2, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia; son, George Jr.; daughters, Belinda, Alice and predeceased daughter Mary; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His integrity, kindness and quiet spirit will be greatly missed.

Memorial service at Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood Chapel, Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 4pm with a visitation beginning at 3 pm. Online condolences may be expressed at



Alan Charles Birchler, 86, of Southern Pines, NC, formerly of Sylvania, OH, passed away peacefully in hospice Friday morning, June 8th, after a lengthy decline in health. His wife Molly had been with him before he passed, along with his daughter Ann.

He was born on April 28, 1932, in Cleveland, OH, to Charles F. and Annette C. Birchler. In 1950 he graduated from Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School. He then went on to Purdue University, in Lafayette, IN, where he became a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from Purdue with a BS degree in mechanical engineering, in 1954. After graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Then, in 1956, he joined Cummins Engine Company’s Engine Sales Department, located in Columbus, IN. In 1963, he was retained by Dana Corporation, Toledo, OH, from which he retired in 1994. In his 31 years of service to Dana Corp., he served in Sales Engineering and Sale Administration positions within the Spicer Transmission and Spicer Heavy Axle Divisions. Since 1960 he has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, in which he served on two committees as Chairman. He was a very involved alumnus of Purdue University, being a member and past president of the Purdue Club of Toledo, along with memberships in the John Purdue Club and the President’s Council of Purdue University. He was also an ardent supporter of Purdue’s athletic programs, most particularly, their football program. He was an enthusiastic golfer, belonging for 35 years to Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, OH, as well as being a member of Longleaf Golf Club in Southern Pines. In 2004, he and his wife, Molly, moved permanently to Southern Pines, where he became a congregant of the Village Chapel of Pinehurst. They also established the Bill Birchler Scholarship at the Sandhills Community College of Southern Pines.


He is survived by his loving wife, Molly Thomas. His son, Bill Birchler, predeceased him, but he is also survived by daughter Ann Birchler (Roger Randall) and son Tom Birchler (Melanie), both of Alexandria, VA, daughter Nancy Flis (Dan) of Chantilly, VA, grandson Bill Birchler, also of Alexandria, VA, step-sons Marty Thomas and Boyd Thomas, and six step-grandchildren.

There will be a private graveside service on Friday, June 15th, at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made at

Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.



Peter Ster, 92, of Columbus, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Keepsake Village.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Republic. Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. From Columbus Peter Ster, 92, of Columbus, Indiana, died May 15, 2017, at Keepsake Village in Columbus, with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Anne Geraldine “Jerri” Gleason Ster; and an infant daughter, Margaret, who died shortly after birth in Scotland. Pete is survived by his sons, Dan (Jan) Ster of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Thomas (Brenda) Ster of Chandler, Arizona; a daughter, Carolyn (Bob) Massengale of Columbus; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, John Ster of Jacksonville, Florida; and a sister, Janet Kegler of Richmond, Virginia.

Pete was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Lenox, Massachusetts, to Peter M. and Jeanne Marie Ny Ster. Pete joined the U.S. Navy following graduation from Lenox High School in 1942. Pete participated in the D-Day Normandy invasion, serving as an engineer on one of the Navy’s shore landing ships. He returned to Lenox following his honorable discharge in 1946 and married Jerri that year. He graduated in 1950 from Indiana Technical Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was immediately hired by Cummins Engine Company in Columbus.

Pete had a long and respected career at Cummins working in Columbus, Indiana, as well as Canada, Scotland, Switzerland and England. He retired from Cummins in 2000, served as a consultant for Cummins in China, then fully retired in 2003. He moved from Columbus to Tucson, Arizona, in 2004 and then returned to Columbus in 2012 when his health began to fail.

Pete was longtime member of Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Good Guys Group and always looked forward to their annual trip to Georgia.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church, Columbus, Indiana, with Father Andy Syberg officiating. Immediately following the service, he will be laid to rest next to Jerri in Garland Brook Mausoleum. A time of gathering will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, the Columbus Fellowship Club or the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County/Peter Ster through the funeral home.

You are invited to view Pete’s video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message of condolence to the Ster family via the internet. Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.




John Ernest Grimmer, 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

John and his family were longtime residents of Franklin and Lamb Lake, arriving in 1969 where John and business partner Robert Schmidt chose to locate their business, GrimmerSchmidt Compressors, helped in their decision by progressive banker Jack Early. The business grew to include Hurricane Compressors and ANGI Energy Systems in Wisconsin.

Born on May 16, 1930, in Indianapolis, and married to Barbara Zeigler Grimmer, his wife of 65 years, they have five sons, John (Diana), Curt, Andy (Karen), Tom (Amy) and Pete (Dana); 9 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.

Preceding John in death were daughter Janet and sister Jane Grimmer Baker.

He went to Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, was a 1952 engineering graduate of Purdue University and Sigma Alpha Epsilon member, remaining a rabid Purdue football fan for life. He worked 17 years for Cummins before starting his own business.

John received an honorary doctorate from Franklin College where he was a 15-year board member. He established scholarships at both Franklin College and Purdue, combining liberal arts and engineering degrees, was on the Presidents Council at Purdue and was president of the compressor industry council, CAGI. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. Both Franklin and Palm City, Florida, where he was a resident for 25 years, have been recipients of many generous gifts.

The family wishes to express their thanks to many friends and the support group who cared for him as his health declined, especially his friend Dr. Gaston Dana.

The family hosted an informal gathering of all John’s friends on Friday, July 21, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, Indiana, following a private service for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Janet Lee Grimmer Memorial Endowment Fund or Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509, which funds camperships to Camp Riley for special needs children.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Information 317-738-0202.



Wendel W. Hauck, 88, of Columbus, died at 11:25 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017, at Keepsake Village of Columbus.

Wendel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 25, 1928, the son of Julius W. and Adelaide Haislip Hauck.

He married Dawn Lyle and she survives.

He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 32 years as Director of Marketing-International Distributer Development.


He graduated from Purdue University in 1950 with a BSME degree; while at Purdue he played baseball and was a member of the track team.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

Memberships include: Charter member of Asbury United Methodist Church and Harrison Lake Country Club; member and Past Master of St. Johns Masonic Lodge; Scottish Rite; Columbus Chapter Order of Eastern Star; High 12 Service Club; served as Chaplin for many Masonic organizations; Golden K Kiwanis Club; Purdue Club of Bartholomew County, serving as President from 2000-2007; John Purdue Club; Varsity P Club; volunteer and Chaplin for Love Chapel; and worked with AMVETS and many other veterans organizations. He received the Boiler Maker Pride Award in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn Hauck of Columbus; daughter, Patty (Ron) Hauck Brock of Columbus; son, Dr. Warren C. (Jackie) Hauck of Ft. Wayne; grandchildren, Brian (Linda Jo) Hauersparger of Columbus, Stacy Hauersparger of Minneapolis, MN, Wendy (Brad) Schaffer of Indianapolis, Audra (Casey) Johnson of Denver, CO, Dr. Matt (Ali) Hauck of Medford, OR; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor David Blystone officiating. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church. A Masonic Memorial service will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Entombment with military rites by the Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard will be in Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Asbury United Methodist Church.



Obituary for William Robert "Bill" Elder William Robert “Bill” Elder, 87, loving husband, father, “grampa”, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017.

Services: A celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington. We will share food, drinks, pictures and stories from a long life well lived with the family and friends he so truly cherished.

Inurnment will be at a later date in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.

Bill was born May 15, 1929, to Emza and Mamie Robbins Elder, in Decatur County, Indiana. His mother died when he was five and he grew up farming with his dad.

He graduated from Burney High School in 1947 and served in Korea with the U.S. Army, Second Infantry Division from 1951-53.

In 1955 he married Shirley Dean Manis, of Columbus, Indiana, and thus began their journey of 61 beautiful and inseparable years together.

In 1960 he earned his MBA at Indiana University and soon thereafter started a lifelong career with Cummins Engine Company, spending the last 21 years with Cummins Southern Plains in Arlington. In 1992, he retired as executive vice president and general manager.

After retirement Bill and Shirley enjoyed spending time with their children and granddaughters, worked as docents at the Ft. Worth Zoo, and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

He enjoyed all sports and in particular golf which he played regularly with close friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Elder of Dayton, Ohio and sister, Sarah Whipple of Greensburg, Indiana.

Survivors: Left to cherish his memory are loving wife, Shirley; daughter, Kathryn Diane McCrady; son, Steven Marshall Elder of Dallas; and granddaughters, Kylie Alexandra and Avery Elizabeth Blessing. He leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.



Patrick Joseph McGahan

November 19, 1933 - November 29, 2015

He served as a U.S. Naval Officer from 1955 to 1958, serving at Naval Air Stations in Jacksonville, FL, Olathe, KS, and San Diego, CA.
He had a long and distinguished career with Cummins Inc., serving as Principal and Chairman of Cummins South, Inc. until 2005. He then became Chairman of PJM Investments, an investment and real estate company.
His contributions to the community are many. He was dedicated to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy through Saint Joseph's Hospital and Mercy Care; he was recently named an Honorary Director for The Mercy Care Foundation, having served on their Board of Directors for 25 years. He and Barbara have long supported the mission of the Society of Mary and its educational programs.
He has helped enable education through a scholarship in his parents' name at the University of Notre Dame along with membership in the Badin Guild and Sorin Society; he was also a member of the Notre Dame Alumni Clubs of Atlanta and Hilton Head.
He was a founding Trustee of Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, Georgia, now closed.
For 35 years he was a member of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association Board and served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Driver Services for six years.
He was a founding Board member of the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Foundation and a member and supporter of The Shamrock Society.
Memberships include The Cathedral of Christ the King, Order of Malta Federal Association, The Rotary Club of Atlanta, Cherokee Town and Country Club, The Commerce Club, Sea Pines Country Club, and Harbour Town Yacht Club.
Patrick Joseph McGahan is survived by his wife, Barbara Ave McGahan; children, Sheila McGahan Monardo (Paul), Dr. Thomas Patrick McGahan (Lauren), Anne McGahan Harmet (Jeff), Mark Joseph McGahan (Catherine); 14 grandchildren; sister, Beverly Shea Kesler (Bill); and members of the Shea and Krieg families.
A Wake Service will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 5 o'clock PM at The Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305, with a reception to follow in Kenny Parish Hall.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:30 o'clock AM at The Cathedral of Christ the King. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.
Gifts in memory of Patrick J. McGahan can be made to support Mercy Care c/o Mercy Care Foundation, 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste. LL80, Atlanta, GA 30342; The Cathedral of Christ the King and Christ the King School; Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319.



Richard Todd Plaster

Born 27 September 1933 in Lafayette Indiana
Died 24 July 2015 in Yarmouth Massachusetts

YARMOUTH PORT - Richard T. Plaster, of Yarmouth Port and formerly of Needham, died peacefully at home on July 24, 2015, with family at his side, after a courageous battle with heart disease.

Beloved husband of Nancy E. Plaster (nee Watson), his high school sweetheart and wife of more than 58 years. Devoted father of Dennis J. Plaster and his wife Cindy of Needham, MA; Molly A. Ahern and her husband Rich of Abington, MA; Sarah W. Plaster and her husband Andrew Slavens of Columbus, Georgia; Michael A. Plaster and his wife Jen of Mooresville, North Carolina; and Elizabeth Barnard and her husband Christian of Austin, Texas. Adored grandfather of 12: Blakely Plaster, Courtney Anderson, Michaela Plaster, Devon Plaster, Liz Bao, Emily Bao, Kyle Plaster, Brandon Plaster, Emma Slavens, Hannah Barnard, Amelia Barnard and Ethan Barnard. And great-grandfather to Brynley and Chase Anderson.

Born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1933, Dick graduated from Jefferson High School where he met his wife Nancy. He was a graduate of Purdue University, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. A lifelong supporter of his alma mater, Dick regularly returned to homecoming as recently as last fall.

After graduating from Purdue, Dick served honorably in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge, he went to work for the Cummins Engine Company. Subsequently he took a position with the New England distributor for Cummins where he eventually became a principal of Cummins North Atlantic. Dick was greatly respected in the engine business by his colleagues, customers and competitors.

After he retired from Cummins North Atlantic, he spent more than two decades enjoying entrepreneurial ventures, tennis, golf and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Nativity Preparatory School.

A memorial reception in Dick’s honor will be held Wednesday, August 5, from 2 - 4 p.m., at the Cummaquid Golf Club, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.


James C. "Jim" Munt
10 September 1934 - 20 February 2014


James C. "Jim" Munt, 79, of Columbus, died at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Munt was a 1951 graduate of duPont Manuel High School in Louisville and a 1958 graduate of the Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville.

Mr. Munt began work in 1957 at Cummins Engine Company. He moved to several different departments during his career but spent most of his time in Program Management and Service Engineering. At retirement in 1998, he was executive director of Service Engineering and a member of the Apex Program Team. He was always appreciative of the opportunity to travel to over 30 countries in his professional career and he took great pride in mentoring and promoting the growth and careers of young engineers.

Mr. Munt enjoyed membership at North Christian Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club, Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343, High Twelve Club 337, and the "Nebo Ridge Deer Hunting Association".

Jim was an active volunteer at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum and for many years was a volunteer driver for the DAV. He was a former member of Harrison Lake Country Club.

Mr. Munt's special interests included hunting and the outdoors, bird feeding and watching, working on cars and teaching others the trade, boating, and golfing.

Mr. Munt took pride in hosting his family and friends and cooking gourmet dinners for them. He also enjoyed reading biographies and non-fiction books and collecting guns and knives.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at North Christian Church with Dr. Lanny C. Lawler officiating.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Jonathan Moore Pike and from noon until service time Monday at the church.

Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum or the Indiana Masonic Home, Inc.

Online condolences may be sent to Mr. Munt's family and a video tribute may be viewed at

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, September 10, 1934, Mr. Munt was the son of Carl and Louise Schaffner Munt. He married June Ash April 20, 1956.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years; children, Kimberly (Gregory) Wasson of Long Grove, IL and David James (Yanice) Munt of Columbus; and grandchildren, Christopher Munt of Lafayette, Lindsay (Michael) Lingle of Hebron, KY, Courtney Wasson of Long Grove, IL, and Katherine (Zachary) McDaniel of Midway Park, NC.
Mr. Munt was preceded in death by his parents and two aunts, Helen and Lillian Munt.




Left to right:  Wendel Hauck, Don Andrews, Unknown, Bill Andrews, Jim Munt.




William "Bill" Andrews
July 13, 1926 - March 24 2013

William "Bill" Andrews
July 13, 1926 - March 24 2013


William “Bill” Andrews, 86, of Columbus, IN, passed from the arms of his loving family into the arms of his Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Bill was born July 13, 1926, on a farm in St. Louis Crossing, to Earl and Berniece Andrews and was one of seven children: Earl Andrews Jr. of Port Orchard, Washington, Betty Matthias of Indianapolis, Lois Flinn (deceased), Phyllis Westerfield of Columbus, Donald Andrews of Columbus, and infant sister, Bonnie (deceased).

Bill served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of SAE Fraternity at Franklin College where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in Pre-Law/Business Administration. He then went on to a 35-year career as a service manager at Cummins where he made many, lifelong friends.

Bill was an active member of Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343, for 64 years. He served as Past Master of the lodge, was a Scottish Rite member, a Shriner, a member of Order of the Eastern Star and was involved with High 12 at local, state and international levels. He was a member of Hope American Legion and a member and docent of the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum. He was a faithful member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

The funeral service celebrating the life and legacy of William “Bill” Andrews will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus,  with Pastor Dave Blystone and Paul Johnson officiating.

Calling hours will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service on Thursday at the church. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by members of Camon Masonic Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Music Department or Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Bill is survived by the love of his life, Joyce Essex Andrews, his devoted wife of 57 years. He is also survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dana Stickans of Columbus, Ginny and Mike Floren of Trafalgar, and Lori and Sheldon Sorensen of Cologne, Minnesota; his 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and beloved family dog, Peaches.

Words cannot begin to express how much he was loved and will be deeply missed.






Bill Buchanan
September 8, 1932 - October 1, 2012


Bill Buchanan, 80, of San Diego, Calif., passed away Monday, October 1, 2012, surrounded by family. <br><br>Bill was born on September 8, 1932, to the late Wilford and Gertrude Buchanan. A graduate of Vevay High School, he worked for Cummins, Inc. for 38 years.  He was an avid golfer and had a true passion for the game.

Bill is survived by his wife of 38 years, Norma Buchanan of San Diego; children, Melinda Guthrie, Diana Buchanan, Mark Buchanan, Robert Buchanan, Penny (David) Brueggemann, Michael (Wendy) Wheeler and Kelly (Mike) Rocchio; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Sharon Dorries and Roger Buchanan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Diego Hospice Foundation at 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 9210, or online at  Local arrangements were entrusted to Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

Bill worked in Field Service for Cummins in California and on retiring ran the San Diego Cummins Distributorship.  After retiring from that job, Bill and his wife Norma moved to Lake Tansi outside of Crossville TN where they hosted the 2008 Cummins Good Guys annual golf outing.
Bill battled lung cancer which caused him and Norma to move to Las Vegas to be nearer their children and eventually to San Diego where he was when he died.
Bill will be missed by the Cummins Good Guys.


James (Jim) W. Fritz, 82, of Jacksonville, FL, died at 8:50 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center South.

Robert Wise left and Jim Fritz right front
Jim Fritz' boss in the middle

Jim grew up in Linton, IN where he completed all of his schooling through high school. Jim attended college at North Texas University and Indiana University before enrolling in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After completing his service, he returned to college at Indiana State University where he completed his bachelor’s degree.

In 1962, Jim joined the Cummins Engine Company, where he worked for 36 years. He retired in 1998 as the Director of Marketing Communication. His job at Cummins allowed him to embrace his love of sports car racing while also expressing his creativity in the marketing arena. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and felt very fortunate to have been able to spend so many years doing something he loved.

Jim was also an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he taught an adult Sunday school class for over 25 years. In his class, he used classic and contemporary films as a platform for the discussion of Christianity and biblical teachings. He had a great love of film, and he enjoyed sharing this passion with his students.

After retiring from Cummins, Jim worked as a driving instructor at Always First Driving Academy in Columbus where he patiently helped many novice drivers learn how to drive. In addition, he engaged in a number of volunteer activities in Columbus such as reading the newspaper for visually-impaired individuals and tutoring elementary-aged children in reading.

Jim was also an extremely talented pianist. In his younger years, he performed as a part of a jazz trio. Jim loved sharing his musical gift with others and continued to play the piano into his final days.

Jim is survived by his wife, Maria; two daughters, Gabrielle and Noelle; a son-in-law, Duke; and grand-daughter Laila.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Visiting hours will precede the service, beginning at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to International Medical Assistance and allocated to cover Patient Surgery Scholarships. Donations can be sent to International Medical Assistance (IMA), P.O. Box 2161, Columbus, IN 47202


Jim Fritz wasn't an official member of the Cummins Good Guys, but he was a friend of most of the Good Guys and well known to everyone.  He's one of the reasons Cummins is so well known around the world today.  He had a knack of grabbing opportunities to showcase the Cummins name and products in unique ways. 
You can get a sense of Jims public relations talents by reading a story about his involvement in the 1966 movie "The Sand Pebbles" at
I've also added a page on this web site entitled Cummins Indy Racing where a short presentation is shown recapping Cummins envolvement in the Indy 500 over the years.



Temple Daily Telegram newspaper

Temple, TX


Kenneth Robert Foster, 82, of Temple died Wednesday



Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 4:30 AM


Kenneth Robert Foster, 82, of Temple died Wednesday, July 11, 2012.


No services are planned at this time.


He was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Hillsboro, Ohio, to Mack and Ocie Pendell Foster.


He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and was a graduate of Ohio State University.


He was preceded in death by a son, Marcus Foster, who died in an automobile accident some years ago.


Survivors include his wife, Christine Nelson Foster; two daughters, Jenny Drummond and Gretchen Jones; and two grandchildren.


Hewitt-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is in charge of arrangements.


Dennis Taylor added:
Ken was Cummins' Division Manager of the Western Division in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to that, he was with IHC for many years.
He was in the Construction Equipment Division at Melrose Park, including the Hough Payhloader line, and later joined the IHC Engine Division.


Bill Maynard passed away on 23 February 2011.


Bill fell on some ice/snow and hit his head hard and passed away from a hemorrhage the next day.


February 25, 2011 William J. "Bill" Maynard, Jr., 75, De Pere, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his home.

He was born Feb. 19, 1936, in Iron Mountain, Mich., son of the late William J. Sr. and Lucy Charlotte (Lusardi) Maynard. He graduated from Kingsford High School, Kingsford, Mich., in 1954, and served his country in the United States Air Force (Postal Division) from 1954 to 1958, stationed in Japan and Korea.

William's career started with Cummins Great Lakes, and he worked his way up from Parts Clerk to President, retiring in 2002.  Not one to be idle, he later began a second career with Masterfleet, in trailer sales, where he was currently employed.

During his lifetime, William was a member of the American Martyrs, Jaycees, Elk's, Moose Lodge, Wisconsin Motor Carriers, Logging Congress, Ducks Unlimited, and was a lifetime member of the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.

He enjoyed country music, golf, fishing, photography, was an avid Packer fan and Detroit Tiger fan, and enjoyed playing guitar and singing.

He will be deeply missed by his children, Rose (Mike) Hogan and their children, Lauren, Ben, and Michaela; Kathy (Chuck) Steinmetz and their children, Austin, Jenna, and Nicole; Laura (Scott) Marvil and their children, Ethan, Noah, and Emma; and Brad (special friend, Ame) Maynard; mother of their children, Agnes Maynard; brother and sister- in-law, Jack and Lucia Maynard; sister-in-law, Karen (Jerry) Nardi; close friend, Pat Hulce; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Butch and Bev Pfeiffer, and Ruth Ricchezza; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, William was also preceded in death by his brother, Norman.

Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere, where there will be a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of Mass at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, Allouez. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday at church, with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, De Pere.

Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.


Marty Bruckner passed away on 19 June 2009.


Martin J. Bruckner was born on December 5, 1931 in Omaha, NE. Raised in Chicago, IL. a graduate of Purdue University (BSME) in 1953; a Korean War veteran, 1st. Lt. U.S. Army; he earned an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1957.


His business career spanned 37 years in heavy equipment sales and distribution of high speed diesel and power generation equipment, mostly in the western U.S.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Janice C. (Larson) Bruckner in 1989. He is survived by son Joseph G. of Omaha, NE., daughters, Jessica A. Nagy of Elkhorn, NE., Jennifer M. Bruckner (also known as Obsidian L. DeLeau) of Prescott, AZ.; and wife of 19 years, Sharon (Sher) K. (Benak) Bruckner, step children Jody C. Kudlacz of Omaha, NE., Shelley R. Bailes of Omaha, NE. Juliana (Kudlacz) Krause of Phoenix Arizona as well as eight (8) grandchildren, Brett A. and Cory A. Bailes, Jody L. Kudlacz, Taylor N. and Hunter C. Nagy, Elizabeth C. and Anthony J. Bruckner, and Thomas J. Kudlacz.


He was a member of TAU BETA PI Assn. (Indiana Alpha), Society of Mining Engineers of AIME, President of Associated Equipment Distributor Chapters in Omaha Nebraska and Phoenix Arizona, past secretary of Tatum Ranch Community Assn., past chairman of Phoenix SCORE chapter 105, and currently served as a board member of Arroyo Springs Community Association.


Services will be held Saturday, June 27, at 10: a.m. at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 23015 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.

Dennis Taylor attended the funeral.


I attended the funeral mass conducted for Marty Bruckner at 10 AM Saturday at the Holy Redeemer cemetery in Cave Creek AZ (north Phoenix).  It was a beautiful and peaceful desert setting. 


Sher and her family greeted many local friends, several representatives from the local Phonix SCORE organization, and three old friends from Cummins Arizona Diesel; Dave Crawford, Butch LaComb, and Raye West.  


Several of Marty’s friends spoke following the mass, including his SCORE associates.  


I also spoke and said what a good friend Marty was, that I had known him from the mid-1950s, and how much we all miss him.  I also mentioned his keen interest in military history.  In closing I said that I also represented a group of Marty’s friends called the Cummins Good Guys.  


Later I asked Sher if there was a special organization that Marty’s friends could make a memorial donation to.  


Sher suggested the American Diatetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.  


The donor should indicate the donation is in memory of Martin J. Bruckner, 4026 W. Tonopah Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308.


Dennis M. Taylor


Sam Hart passed away on 20 July 2008.


On June 13 Sam became ill while playing golf.  He was diagnosed on June 20 with liver cancer.  He got a further diagnosis on June 24, of pancreatic cancer that had metastisized to the liver, by the oncologist.  He had a chemo treatment on the 25th & was to have a second one on July 1st, but his blood platelets were too low. He passed away on July 12, 2008.
Sam's wife, Myrna (Babe) Hart lives at 8945 Old Hickory Ave., Saraota, Fla., 34238 -  Phone 941 966-7793 - email

Following are a few comments about Sam Heart from Cummins Good Guys:
Just returned from holiday and absolutely devestated to learn of Sams passing away. Knew Sam and family for 41yrs and enjoyed visits with them both here and in the US.
Neil Weaver
So sorry to hear about Sam Hart.........he was really a great guy.  
Don Reilly
I worked with Sam from 1966 until he retired and always enjoyed knowing and working with him.  He was responsible for a complex mixture of product defintion records and during his tenure at Cummins made dramatic progress in getting this whole area organized.  His large organization helped Cummins succeed in becoming a truly international organization with manufacturing facilities around the world.
Larry Feldhaus

Hart, Samuel Warren
Jan. 19, 1932 - July 12, 2008
Samuel Warren Hart, 76, Sarasota since 1991, formerly of Columbus, Ind., died July 12, 2008. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota. Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Survivors include his wife, Myrna "Babe"; a son, Jim of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughters Jennifer Hannan of Bradenton and Linda Felix of Mason, Ohio; a brother, Russell of West Lafayette, Ind.; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his dog, Diamond Girl.
He was a member and elder at Church of the Palms, World War II Army veteran, member of the Elks Lodge #2495, Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, Palmer Ranch Master Association Board, board of trustees at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and past president of Glenn Meadow Trace Homeowners Association.
He received a bachelor's degree from DePauw University and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239; or The American Cancer Society, 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota FL 34237.


Bill Stead passed away on 15 April 2008

Following are a few comments about Bill Steed from Cummins Good Guys:
Bill was known as Mr. IHC during his time in OEM Automotive Sales and handled the account with great skill over time, commanding respect from everyone he came in contact with.  He was a Boilermaker engineer, a great friend and a gracious loser at lunch playing the numbers game or liar's poker at the club with Elder, Sears, Leasure, Taylor, Ster, myself and others.  His battle for life after his severe stroke is an amazing story, testimony to his character.    Mots
Bill Steed was truly one of the Good Guys and we will all remember him in our prayers.  Dennis M. Taylor
Bill will certainly be missed by many and will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.  My Sincere Regrets      David Hibbs
Bill Steed was one of my favorite people and we spent a lot of time together.   Bill Buchanan
Bill Steed was a true gentleman.  I'm glad I knew him.   Larry Feldhaus

Mr. William M. Steed, Jr., 82 years old, died at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Four Seasons Health Care Center, Columbus, IN. where he was a patient of Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Father Clem Davis of the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church will conduct the Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church.

William “Bill” Steed, Jr. was born on October 27, 1925 to Mr. & Mrs. William Steed, Sr. in Terre Haute, IN. During World War II his military service was in the United States Army and the United States Air Force in the United States and in Guam from 1943-1946. He graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed by Cummins Engine Co. in Chicago, IL., San Francisco, CA., Hawaii, and then transferred to Columbus, IN. in 1957. He retired as a Vice President in 1985 after a total of 35 years of service.
He married Elaine Danner Carpenter of Columbus, IN. in 1959 and they were married for 49 years. Bill and Elaine enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland, where they researched their heritage. He was an active member of the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Columbus, IN. where he served on many committees. He was a member of the Pastoral Council and was Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the construction of the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church located at 1306-27th St.
He belonged to the Breakfast Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus Council #1414, J.C.'s, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Harrison Lake Country Club, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was also a Tour Guide for the Columbus Visitor's Center.

He enjoyed playing golf at the Harrison Lake Country Club where he was a Past President of the Club. He also enjoyed fishing in Canada and hunting with his friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; Mr. & Mrs. William Steed, Sr. of Terre Haute, IN. and his sister; Mary Steed of Indianapolis, IN. His survivors include his wife; Elaine Danner Steed of Columbus, IN., his sister; Betty Steed of Indianapolis, IN. and his brother; Paul (wife Patricia) Steed of Terre Haute, IN. Also surviving are his four sons; Thomas M. (wife Debbie) Carpenter of Indianapolis, IN., William D. Carpenter of Chicago, IL., Dr. Joseph D. (wife Judy) Carpenter, M.D. of Golden, CO., and James R. (wife Nancy) Carpenter of Zionsville, IN. Mr. Steed is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church. Entombment will be in the Garland Brook Mausoleum with military rites presented by the Indiana Army National Guard Honor Guard. In Lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made in memory of Bill to the St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church Building Fund at 1306-27th St., Columbus, IN. 47201 or to the Hospice of South Central Indiana.
On-Line condolences to the family may be made by clicking on the guest register button on this page. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th St.


Chuck Grace passed away on 29 October 2007.

Charles Leo “Chuck” Grace, a Charlotte business, civic and religious leader for nearly forty years, died Monday, October 29, 2007. He was 72.

He was owner and chairman of Cummins Atlantic Inc., distributor for Cummins Engine Company in the Carolinas and Virginia. He was also a dealer for Thermo King Refrigeration products in central North Carolina, western Virginia and West Virginia.
In his civic and business life he was a past chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, a director of Carolinas HealthCare Systems, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Board of First Union Corporation, a member of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s Board of Advisers, and a director of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry.

In addition he was a trustee of Belmont Abbey College, a member of the advisory council of the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame University, a past director of Notre Dame Alumni, founder and past president of the Notre Dame Club of the Carolinas, a member of the Parish Board of Advisors for Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Malta, Federal Association.

Further, he was a member of Quail Hollow Country Club, Elk River Club, and Sea Pines Country Club.

He was born in Indianapolis, a son of the late Mary Helen and John Leo Grace. He grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, and was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame at South Bend. He joined the Cummins Engine Company in 1957.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann Hamilton Grace; a son, Michael Grace and his wife Laura Babb Grace of Charlotte, and three daughters: Mary Beth Hollett and her husband Peter of Matthews, Kathleen Moser and her husband Rick of Southhaven, MS, and Ann Green of Charlotte. Also surviving are grandchildren Jim, Betsy, Dan and Patrick Grace; Hamilton and Hannah Hollett; Charlie, Mary Grace and Peter Moser, and John, Keith and Chuck Green.

Services will be at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the recitation of a Rosary this afternoon, Thursday November 1, 2007 at 4:30 p.m., followed by a visitation until 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2nd at Saint Gabriel with the Most Reverend Bishop William Curlin, the Rt. Rev. Placid Solari, Monsignor John McSweeney, the Rev. Frank O’Rourke, Concelebrants. Burial will follow at Belmont Abbey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the University of Notre Dame, Belmont Abbey College, Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, or Holy Angels Nursery.
Chuck's relationship with the Cummins Good Guys goes back to 1957 when he began working for Cummins.  He was well liked throughout the organization over the years.  He never forgot his friends and treated his employees with respect.  He will be missed by all who knew him.


Buzz Horton passed away in July of 1997.

C. E. "Buzz" Horton died in 1997 of cancer at the age of 72. Most of the Cummins Good Guys either knew or worked with Buzz at some time in their career. I remember the first time I met Buzz in the fall of 1966. I was the new OEM Engineer at Fleetguard in Seymour and Buzz invited me to come make a filtration presentation to the folks at the Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, MI. Buzz was always looking for new business opportunities and ways to provide support for his customers.

Buzz was a charter member of the Cummins Good Guys and a good friend to many of the present day members. He lives on in the memory of his friends.


Ralph Shields
Ralph J."Big Foot" Shields was born on Nov. 13, 1915 in Scottsburg, Indiana and passed away April 16, 2005 in Dallas Texas.   He received his nickname in WW2 when he was a SeaBee in the U.S. Navy and the Navy had trouble finding shoes big enough for him.

Ralph joined Cummins Engine Company in the Service Division and for the next 40 years worked at the Factory, the Great Lakes Regional Office in Cleveland, the Sales Corp (Michigan Dist), St. Louis Regional Office and the Plains Divional Office in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Ralph and his wife Tina remained in Dallas when he retired .   Ralph was a colorful individual with his size 13 shoes...and was affectionately known by all who knew him simply as 'Big Foot'.

Ralph always put the customer first and worked closely with Charlie Irons and Bob Giles at Cummins Diesel Northern Ohio in Cleveland and Bill Turner in Columbus,Ohio and the Michigan Distributor.

Ralph took pride in his custom made suits (and shoes) and was an impeccable dresser.   This did not, however, prevent Ralph from climbing up on a truck or construction equipment to assist distributor service personnel on a problem.  Bill Elder said "Ralph worked for me a couple of years in Texas.   He had a tool box in his trunk and managed to fix some minor engine problems for his customers on routine calls.   That's what we mean when we say prompt service."

After Ralph retired, he purchased a 'Harley' as a hobby.   He rode his Harley to Columbus,Indiana to a Cummins annual meeting.   It was his first annual meeting and Ralph was introuduced to all at this meeting when management found out he was attending.

Ralph always loved his woodworking shop and was very proud of the carvings and woodwork he turned out.   All Cummins Good Guys who know Ralph were saddened to learn when he passed away.


Joe Butler passed away on 31 December 2003.

Joseph L. Butler was born on 10 October 1925  and passed away on 31 December 2003.   He had colon surgery on December 9 and a malignancy was discovered. He suffered a heart attack and never recovered.   Joe was born on October 10, 1925 in Clifford, Indiana to the late Lloyd H. and Marie (Hayworth) Butler.   He was 78 years old.

Joe was a well respected executive engineer at the factory and was responsible for the design of several Cummmins' engines.   He retired about 1990 and played golf daily, often playing 27 holes.

Joe attended all the Cummins Good Guys golf outings, including his last outing to Litchfield in September of 2003.

Joe was a gentlemen and will be missed by all who knew him.


Loy Jones passed away on 16 August 2006.

Loy D. Jones suffered an apparent heart attack at his church Saturday August 26, 2006 after working at a church breakfast.

Loy was the long time Sales and Marketing Vice President for Cummins Mid-States Power, Inc. in Indianapolis.   He had been with the Indianapolis Distributor since the 1950's.   He had been retired for about 10 years.

Loy could always be counted on to attend the Cummins Good Guys golf trips, only missing two years following his wife's death.   He was planning to attend the Good Guys golf outing in October of 2006 at Litchfield.

Don Reilly said it best.   "Loy was a great fellow and even more accomplished than many of us realized.   We should look to Loy as inspiration for how we might better conduct our lives, he was a kind, considerate and accomplished gentleman."


Loy D. Jones 81, Indianapolis, passed away August 26, 2006. He was born December 13, 1924 in Scottsburg, IN. A graduate of Franklin High School, he graduated from Purdue University in 1945 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of their band for four years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Loy was a member of Southport Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and was a member of their Duos. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at Purdue University; he served as Past Commodore for the Bloomington Yacht Club, Past President of the Scientech Club, Treasurer of the D.J. Angus Foundation, Past President of Indiana Equipment Distribution and was a member of Executive Service Corps.
He retired as Vice President of Cummins Diesel Engines after 37 years.
His wife, Marjorie Ann (Wilson) Jones and his brother, Dale W. Jones both preceded him in death. Survivors include his two sons, David W. (Janet) Jones and Steven R. (Linda) Jones, one brother, Raymond W. (Jean Ann) Jones, one sister-in-law, Helen Jones, four grandchildren, Scott, Jennifer, Larissa and Adaline, four great grandchildren, two nephews and four nieces.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 8 at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church. The burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be given to Southport Presbyterian Church Missionary Fund, 7525 McFarland Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46237. Arrangements: G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. St. Rd. 135.


Frank Leasure passed away on 29 November 2006.

Early the morning of November 29, 2006  Frank died.  His heart began beating very fast and then just stopped.  The nurses in the ICU were with him and they said he looked very peaceful.

He had been sick for some time and has fought a hard and long battle but finally succumbed.  
Frank was one of the founding members of the Cummins Good Guys and participated in all of the golf outings in recent years until his health failed him.
He was a true gentleman and we will all miss him.

Frank L. Leasure 74, of Haines City FL died Wednesday, November 29, 2006 in Orlando FL.  Mr. Leasure was born February 12, 1932 in Toronto, OH, and moved to Haines city FL in 1997 from Bloomington IN  
He was an Executive Vice President  with Cummins North Central, Minnesota, a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Winter Haven, FL, and an Air Force  veteran of the Korean war.

He graduated from Ohio University in 1959 and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity alumni and a member of the American Legion in Bloomington.

He is survived by his mother, Lona Mae Leasure, his wife, Maggie Leasure, daughters Deborah Winters and Karaen Layman, a stepdaughter Nicole Dillman, a brother Paul H. Leasure, a sister Gloria Jean Petty, grandchildren Ashley, Amanda, Spencer and Cameron., and great-grand-daugher Emma.

A memorial service was conducted at 10:30am on Friday, December 8, 2006 at the First Christian Church in Columbus.