John 'Jack' Edward Versteeg, Jr. EDGETA Branch 9 & 15 - October 20, 1934 - January 5, 2000

By Ruth Warnock

Jack passed away in Bend, Oregon after a short illness. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, he had lived in Bend since 1996. Survivors include his wife Barbara, son Steve, daughter Connie Smith, and three grandchildren. He owned and operated the Salem Tire Service Store for over 20 years. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force. He also served as a fireman and member of the Board of Directors with the Cloverdale Fire District. He owned and operated an antique store in Salem and was widely known for his collections and restoration of toys.

Jack was a charter member of Branch 15, at Brooks, Oregon, and Branch 9, at Grants Pass, Oregon. He served in Branch Officer positions for 6 years. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Antique Power, Incorporated, Great Oregon Steam-Up, for 5 years and also served on the Board of Directors for an additional 3 years.

Jack was elected President of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Incorporated, in 1976, a position he held, except for one year, until February 1998. Jack worked to build a creditable organization from one that was in serious decline. Under his guidance the number of Branches rose to 98 with nearly 10,000 members nationwide. The members, and their families, of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will forever be indebted to him for his dedication and hard work in building an organization that has enriched so many lives.

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