I just received word that long time MCA member and good friend Harold Pohl, Plano, IL. passed away this summer. Harold loved his Massey tractors and all the friends they brought to him. His neatest skill was to build various 1/2 scale models of many of the Massey tractors and implements. He was doing it long before they became popular. He never just converted a lawn and garden tractor; he actually built them from the ground up. He was a fun-loving Mssey man and loved to talk about his next 1/2 scale project.
In the April 1992 issue of Gas Engine Magazine there is a great article about Harold and why and how he built his first Massey tractor. It is a very good read! You can find in on-line by Googling "Mini Massey Gas Engine Magazine"
He was extremely talented. He will be missed by all of us who had the opportunity to meet and visit with him.
I will post some pictures of his work.
HIs obituary it listed below:
Born: February 7, 1941 in Aurora, IL
Died: August 14, 2021 in Naperville, IL
Harold F. Pohl, 80, of Plano, IL passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Season's Hospice in Naperville, IL. He was born February 7, 1941 in Aurora, IL the son of Harold & Mary (Summer) Pohl.
He married Betty Lou Baker on March 16, 1963 in Plano, IL. He was a member of the Catholic Church, an avid member of the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club, and a Massey-Harris Tractors community member, heading up the 157 Massey Manifest at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. He had a passion of restoring tractors.
In 2016 when Harold retired from the Carpenters Local 916 which he served fifty years, he enjoyed baking and mowing his lawn keeping it pristine which is where he gathered his thoughts.
Anyone that knew him referred to him as "MacGyver" because he could fix anything and was willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Most of all he enjoyed the time spent with his friends, family, and his dogs.
He is survived by his wife Betty Lou Baker of Plano, IL, one daughter Kandi Pohl of Plano, IL, one son Harold Scott Pohl of DeKalb, IL; three sisters Rosemary Alderman of Hinckley, IL, Kathy Pohl Casey of FL, and Shirly Jean Galvin of Cortland, IL; two aunts, one uncle and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold & Mary Pohl, his two furry friends, Silky in 2010 and Fancy in 2019.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date. For more information, or to sign the online guest book, please go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com