News of the Club
Member UpdateApril 2, 2017
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
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.
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.