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    Quote Originally Posted by David Weaver View Post
    Marshal was a constant in PRO racing like Sunrise and Sunset are a constant to each day. I will miss our many conversations, especially over breakfast at the Giant's Den in Depue.
    Yes David, Shirley and I miss our breakfast etc. at the Giant's den with you and Marshall. RIP Marshall, you will be missed.

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    I was notified this morning of the passing of Clyde Queen early this morning 4-16-2018. Clyde and his wife Charlotte were long time members of The Outboard Club of Chicago which was the host club for many of the Outboard Nationals on Lake DePue. May he rest in Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racingfan1 View Post
    I was notified this morning of the passing of Clyde Queen early this morning 4-16-2018. Clyde and his wife Charlotte were long time members of The Outboard Club of Chicago which was the host club for many of the Outboard Nationals on Lake DePue. May he rest in Peace.




























    Clyde Queen is a long time friend. Outboard Club of Chicago would not have been around in the 60's and 70's if Clyde and Char Queen were not there. PRO racing wouldn't have been as strong if these two fine people were not as giving of their time and money. OCC was the Queens.
    Rest in peace my good friend, I'll see you at the Finish Line.
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    I got to know Clyde and Charlotte when I was appointed to the outboard commission in the sixties, Clyde was also on the commission and Charlotte was the secretary. They would stop over in Marietta sometimes for a visit on their way to Florida for races there. When I first investigated putting on a race at Lake Acworth in 1977, I called them to see if they would help, knowing their experience in Depue, and of course they did. I wanted Charlotte as scorer. I got in touch with the local Jaycees and they agreed to be the sponsor. The first race in 1978 was successful, and then in 1980, when the championships in Lacrosse, Wi. was cancelled, I called the Jaycees again to see if they might arrange with the city for permission to use the lake for a race in October. They got permission and Charlotte served as scorer and Clyde helped when he wasn't racing. They came to three races at Lake Acworth and would not accept any compensation for their help at any of them. We stayed in touch until they moved to Texas and no longer attended races. I last saw Charlotte when they came over to a USTS race in Alexandria. and Clyde, when he came to an Old Pharts party in Naples. RIP.

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    We have lost another one, Bill Van died yesterday, more later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    We have lost another one, Bill Van died yesterday, more later.
    Oh my gosh.?I’m so surprised as he seemed OK at Depue last August. My sincerest sympathy to Eileen

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    A blow to Pro guys to lose both these fine racers at the same time. I spent some time with Clyde at the Old Phart's party in Naples and he told me all about his flying machines. And of course Bill Van....what a friend. I will miss him greatly.



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    It had been a bad 6 months for the PROs - Ed Thirlby, Marshall Eldredge, Jim Warren, Clyde Queen and now Bill Van Steenwyk.

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    That's right Bill. I just got off the phone with Eileen. She was a zombie for the first two days, but she's settling in now. Has gotten many, many phone calls. I didn't really know Jim Warren, but I did the others. Ed and Marshall were part of several generations of boat racers and Clyde and Charlotte were as far as I'm concerned....The Outboard Club of Chicago. They made a big impact on our sport. It is sad to lose so many in such a short time.



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    I'm still in shock! I was talking to him last Friday about getting together at Depue.

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