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Passing of Dan Ehlerding


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Old 10-07-2009, 10:56:20 PM
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Default Passing of Dan Ehlerding

It is with great regret that I tell you about Dan Ehlerding. Tonight while running grain to the bin Dan ran off the road and rolled his grain truck. Dan and I were very close friends and the family asked that let everyone on here know. Dan was my mentor in this great hobby and was always there to lend a hand in restoration, find a part, tell me of a new tractor project find, or just talk tractors. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with their loss.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:08:14 PM
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Gary and I feel the same way! We were devastated when Shawn called to inform us of the accident. We will miss his tractor knowledge and exchanging talk and parts!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:24:04 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

Awww, man!!!!! I just talked to Dan a couple of weeks ago! I really hate to hear that. He had helped me find a few OilPull parts, seemed like quite a nice fellow. :(
Mike
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:32:25 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

Dan and I first met in the mid 80s at Waukee, IA. That day we loaded a 25-45 Case radiator in the back of my Olds Toronado! A good friend was lost today. One whom I will miss. Dan helped us on numerous occasions find obscure parts for our projects. I will miss our conversations and trading of parts!
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:00:29 AM
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Dan was really great I enjoyed many long conversations with him in the past few years i got to know him. He had dreams of turning bits and pieces into tractors and inspired me to look beyond the surface what your looking at to see what it can become someday. Everytime I walked in a new barn I called Dan to tell him what I saw and see if there was something useful there. When Shawn called I just felt ill I will really miss Dan
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:17:34 AM
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Sorry to hear of Dans passing. We aquired a vertical Otto from him a few years back. Very nice person to deal with.

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Old 10-08-2009, 12:32:43 AM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

OH MY! :(
I couldn't believe what I was reading when I saw this thread.
Not only a nice guy but a trove of information and also a fairly recent member here who could have enlightened us all.
Very sad.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:29:32 AM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

What a news to start a day:(
I had the pleasure to met him twice, once at the Yuma sale and the second time in Bridgeport. I had some nice talking with him specialy in Bridgeport about the Kruse team and how they handled the stuff there:mad:

I looked forward to see him again at the Parker sale:(

What a loos
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:42:14 AM
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Dan was an asset to the antique tractor community. Godspeed, you will be missed.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:20:52 AM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

Dan and his wife stopped at our place a few years ago and brought some parts for our 30-60 Aultman Taylor project. I'll always remember sitting on the tailgate of his pickup looking at his amazing postcard collection the afternoon he was here. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:47:37 AM
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Not the way I was hoping to start my day. News like this really makes ones heart sink. Dan was a great guy and I enjoyed talking with him. We had shared some old postcards and pictures with each other and I always enjoyed every chance I had to talk with him. He was one of the good ones.

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Old 10-08-2009, 11:17:27 AM
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I met Dan in person a couple of years ago. He stopped by to have a look at the tractors residing at Heritage Park. It was late in the afternoon and Dan had to have a close look at each tractor. He ended up staying the night with us. About a week later I received a couple parts I was missing for my EB Big 4-20. About a month ago he stopped by again to borrow a few parts to get cast for the 30-50 Minneapolis he was piecing together. Needless to say I was in shock when I heard the news last night.

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Old 10-08-2009, 12:11:25 PM
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My condolences to the family, i know what its like, the hobby has lost some good people lately. Dan just got a gear for an f rumely from us a couple weeks ago. Joe p
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:53:08 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

I got the call early this morning... then Shawn called... man... big lump in my throat... We were going to visit about some parts at Gary Parker's auction - as we did whenever we talked! We talked after about every auction and he was always there when I found some kind of bit or part that I couldn't figure out what it was. Really a great guy...enjoyed him a lot. Dreary rainy day here - which matches my mood now... Just goes to show... live it like it's your last one - who would have thought???
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:04:13 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

Oh Dear God :(
He called me three days ago to disscuss his current Minneapolis 30-50 project.....I never thought it would be the last conversation.
Dan has been to my home and we had traded parts and hobby time with one another. I am one of many, many people that Dan took time to reach out to, as he did travel a fair amount in search of parts and people involved in this great hobby.
May God guide his family during this trying time.
He will always be remembered!
Tony Thompson
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:29:51 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

A very sad day indeed. I found out about his passing only a few hours after the accident. I met Dan approxmately 10 years ago regarding some Rumely parts I needed. I wish I had known him 10 years earlier. Dan was a treasure trove of information regarding pre 1930 tractors. If you needed a part, Dan either had it, could find it for you or at least point you in the right direction. Dan was always on the go traveling all over the US chasing down leads to find a forgotten parts pile, a parts tractor or a usable engine. Dan would tell me some of his "war stories" about the tractors he once owned and the ones that got away. I spoke with Dan last Sunday while he was doing his soybean harvest, little did I know that would be my last coversation with him. My condolences to the Ehlerding family.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:47:19 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

I just heard of Dan's passing from a mutual friend. I am shocked to say the least. I'd known Dan for almost 40 years. He and I had made several trips west hunting parts and he was always on the go. I was fortunate to see him at Portland this summer, I was able to introduce him to my son, whom he'd never met.

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Old 10-08-2009, 02:24:38 PM
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Default Re: Passing of Dan Ehlerding

I have to say that Dan was incredibly knowledgeable and one of the funnest guys I've ever had the pleasure of traveling with. I was fortunate to take several "junking" trips with him out west. They were some of the best trips I've ever been on. Never a dull moment and always lots of laughs and good conversation. He sure could put the miles on a pick-up. I'll never forget the night we lost the wheel off a hard rubber tire truck on the Kansas City freeway! Some great memories. We'll miss him.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:33:31 PM
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Dan a good friend a nice guy and top man will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Our thoughts are with the Ehlerding family.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:37:47 PM
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I thought since we all had some fond memories of Dan I would post a few photos. The first is one of Dan on his legendary "junking trips" as he called them. The second is of Dan with his favorite magazine resting after a days work. Like all of you said Dan was the guy to know when it came to parts or tractor information. He collected thousands of antique tractor postcards and photos and liked to share them. I had the pleasure to live close to him and his place was like a giant museum of antique tractor parts and piles. He knew what everything was and what he needed to complete it. Such a loss, I'll miss my friend.
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