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Member Update

April 2, 2017

Jack Desch I am sad to report the passing February 25th of long time member Jack Desch of Topeka, KS. Jack was 79. He worked 40 years for The Hobart Corp. and served 21 years in the Kansas National Guard. Jack was a former member of The HHFC Board, was active in the club, and he and Sharon attended a number of Franklin Treks. His sense of humor and gregarious nature will be missed by all. I think he gave Andy a real run for his money as to who had used the most film when at those Treks. I shall personally miss his numerous friendly emails. Our sympathy to Sharon, their five children and their families.
Barb and Ed Wyle

February 6, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report that Dan Grogan passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Daniel C. Grogan, was born in Bronxville, NY, Daniel had lived in Hawthorne for many years before moving to Wyckoff in 1985. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. After his service, he was the owner of Action Sprinkler Corp. in Hawthorne for many years. Daniel enjoyed antique cars, aircraft and gardening. He was a member of the Franklin Car Club, the North Jersey A's and the First Reformed Church in Hawthorne. Daniel was the wonderful husband of Janice Grogan (nee Cross). Loving father of Christopher Grogan and his wife Christine and Scott Grogan and his wife Jennifer. Adoring Pop Pop to Jack, Julia and Abby Grogan. Dear brother of the late Bob Grogan and the late Joe Grogan. Daniel will be remembered by his winning smile, love of coffee, kindness toward animals and surprise purchases in the garage. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Reformed Church, 259 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506.

Published in The Record on Jan. 12, 2017


Franklin Club member, Jim Kling from Nampa, Idaho, passed away in September, 2016. He attended a Trek and drove his 1932 Franklin sedan on a Westrek and the Bakersfield Swap Meet and Tour/Webb Franklin get-together. In 2013, I was fortunate to be able to purchase the ’32 and I had a chance to visit with Jim when I picked up the car. After we got the Franklin home, Jim would call me periodically to make sure that I was still happy with the purchase of the car! He had a friendly, outgoing and helpful personality.

...Bill Charpier


Merle Brooks passed away November 27, 2016. An active west coast member of the Franklin Club, Merle drove his 1927 Coupe and 1927 Oxford Sedan on many Westreks over the past 35 years with his wife, Armiene. In 1988, they chaired the 19th Westrek in Leavenworth, Washington. After retiring as the General Manager of the Stevens Pass Ski Resort where he was an innovator in the ski industry (one of the lifts is named for him), Merle and Armiene wintered in Arizona and summered in Washington.

...Marlene Zimmerman