A Sad Farewell to our founding
member and friend, Larry Leek
Leek, Larry Albert 69 March 10, 1943 Oct. 14, 2012 Larry passsed away Sunday from a long-term illness. Larry was born in Oak Park, Ill. and moved to Salem in 1952. Harry began working with his father at Kreitzberg Aviation in Salem, which became Microflect Co. Larry was the second employee, his father being the first employee. He worked there for 38 years, and then went to work for River City Machine. He was a founding member of the Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum in Brooks and volunteered at Anitque Powerland and the "Great Oregon Steam Up" for over 30 years. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Larry is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Randy Leek(Kimberly), Zane (Carol); four step-grandchildren, Paul, Shane, Troy and Allison Miller; and by brother, Roger Leek. Donations to Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum in Brooks, PO Box 15, Salem, OR 97308-0015.
A Place to Remember John Chandler
In Memoriam: John William Chandler April 26, 1938 - July 31, 2012
On July 31st, we all lost a very good friend. John Chandler passed away from complications following a heart operation. John was an active and integral member of the Museum, serving as our first (and only) treasurer and working diligently to improve the grounds and Museum programs.
Just two weeks after his death, at the August 15 board meeting, the Northwest Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum voted to name the Museum’s show field “Chandler Field” in honor of John. John was very proud of the field and he worked hard in its development. He very much enjoyed seeing shows and other events being held on “his” field.
Ed Weber took on the task of designing and erecting a sign. On August 29, Arnie Anderson and Ed placed the “Chandler Field” sign under the eave of the gazebo facing the show field. They also placed a directional sign on the Texaco Station that points to “Chandler Field.”
John Chandler passed away on July 31, 2012, due to complications from heart surgery. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 48 years, and children Brad Chandler, Lara Chandler Tiffin, and Cindi Chandler Polychronis. He had five grandchildren and three great-children.
A lifelong collector and builder of antique cars, John was a founding member and treasurer of the Northwest Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum.
John made a larger-than-life impression on so many. He was known for his gregarious personality, his love for his family and all those who considered him family. Though he was a strong, masculine man, he was an extremely compassionate, thoughtful, and generous person who was always helping others. He made everyone feel special.
A memorial service was held August 6 at Gateway Foursquare Church. If you would like to make a donation in honor of John’s life, the family asks that it be made to the Museum.
A Note From Bev Chandler...
A Note From Bev Chandler...
The family of John Chandler would like to thank Museum members for the cards, phone calls, pictures, flowers, memorial donations and other expressions of love and support for John and for us. The showing of antique cars at John’s service was a heartwarming surprise for the family.
John found great joy in his involvement in the
Museum. Over the
last decade, the Museum has been a very important part of our lives.
With you, John found a community of friends who
became extended family.
Thank you for the support you have given us over the years, and
especially thank you for your outreach on the last two months.”
In Memoriam: Tom Newton March 30, 1925 - July 5, 2012
Paul “Skeeter” Treber
Sept. 19, 1935 - Dec. 31, 2011
Paul “Skeeter” Treber passed on New Year’s Eve, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Kate. Paul and Kate have been active and loyal friends and members of the Museum, often driving their Model A Ford pickup to events and offering the pickup for display. At his request, no funeral or service will be held. A celebration of life ceremony is planned for this summer, date to be announced. Our condolences to his family and friends.
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