NW Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum

In Memoriam


A Sad Farewell to our founding

member and friend, Larry Leek


Larry Leek photoLeek, 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

 Chandler gazebo

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 John W Chandlermember 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...

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

Tom Newton
Tom Newton, a member of the Museum, passed on July 5, 2012 at his home in Dallas, Oregon.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Darla, daughters Darcy Newton Irwin and Tamara Newton Baker, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Tom was a WWII veteran and flew missions over Germany.  Tom was a real car guy.  He served as president of the Studebaker Club and was active in a number of other car organizations.  In 1966 Tom founded the fly-in and car show for the annual Rotary Breakfast in the Park, now the Tom Newton Rotary Car Show.  In 2011 the Museum displayed Tom’s 1936 Studebaker Sedan.  He will be missed by the car community he so loved.


Paul Treber memoriamPaul “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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