ANDRES Jr., Edward A.



Age 86, passed away Sat. May 21, 2016.


His family moved to Waynesville in 1962, bought an historic home and spent 30 years restoring it, successfully petitioned to have it listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The home was built by John Satterthwaite co-owner of the Accommodation Stagecoach Line. Ed and his wife coauthored a history of the stage coach line. He was also on the Waynesville committee for the Scenic Byway and for preserving the Old Lockup (Jail/ Firehouse) one of only two known remaining in Southwest Ohio.


He had many interests- he was an active Lions Club member for 45 years, served as Governor of Ohio's Lions District 13 H in 1982-1983; received a Melvin Jones Award. He was a member of Waynesville United Methodist Church for 54 years, where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, youth leader, and served as a choir member. He was chosen citizen of the year in 2000.


 Other interests included collecting trains from the age of 7, remote controlled planes, sports, classical music, and spending time with family.


He was a member of our division from 2007 to 2015 before moving to Ky.


Gerald "Jerry" Cardwell

Jerry Cardwell passed away at home on June 12, 2013 at the age of 68. He was a passionate model railroader and active member of the Miami Valley Modular Railway, was also a member of the NMRA.


Norman Courtney

Norman Courtney, age 70 of Dayton passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Norman was a member of the NMRA Division 3 and served as webmaster for Division 3 for 15 years..


Dave Decker

Dave DeckerDavid Decker passed away on 29 March 2011 in Dayton, Ohio at the age of 68. He grew up in Massachusetts and worked for the Boston and Maine railroad as a towerman. He retired several years ago as a machine designer.

David was an active model railroader. He was a life member of the National Model railroad Association (NMRA). He was also a life member of several NMRA Regions. He had served as Division 3 Mid Central Region Train Show Chairman for several years. He also helped organize the George Mueller Memorial Model Train exhibits in 1998 and 1999.

David was the creator and prime builder of the Dalmatian Switching District and liked to be called the "Dog Father". The "Dog", as it was sometimes called, is a large portable layout that has many unique features and is one of a kind. It was shown at many train shows from 1992 to 2008. The Dalmatian also hosted the switching contest at the 1995 and 2005 NMRA National Conventions and the 1995, 1996 and 2002 Mid Central Region Conventions.

David pioneered several scenery techniques and gave demonstrations at shows and hobby shops. He was particularly well known for his tree building techniques having created several instructional books covering his methods. He was a past member of the Whitewater Valley Railroad. He was on the operating crew of several model railroads.


Nick Folger

Nick Folger

He was active with The National Model Railroad Association, Mid-Continent Region, Division 3 "The Miami Valley Division". One of his favorite pastimes was building and operating model railroad layouts. He was the Chairman of The Dayton Train Show for five years. Go here for more information.


Kathy Lehman

Kathy LehmanIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Kathy Lehman on April 18, 2016.  Kathy was a wonderful member of Division 3 and active on our staff as our Hostess for several years.  She not only brought a friendly smile to everyone attending our meetings, but as our hostess, she guaranteed that we always had wonderful cookies and snacks at our monthly meetings.  Kathy also volunteered at our annual train show for many years.  She was always positive and liked to challenge us to do great things.  The attached photo was sent to us by Kathy last fall and shows us as she prepared for an airplane flight in 1949.  In her letter, she congratulated Division 3 for constantly wanting to “travel” to new places.  Kathy will be tremendously missed.


Melvin Arnold MENK
1928 - 2015

Melvin Arnold MENK ObituaryMel was a long-time member of  National Model Railroad Association, Mid-Central Region, Division 3.  He joined in 1965 and took part in our Open House in the 1990's.  Mel was awarded the Golden Spike in 2008. Go here for more information



Lone Eagle Payne

lone eagle payne Lone Eagle Payne passed away Saturday 27 January at the age of 99. Lone Eagle was a life member of the NMRA having joined in 1947. He was a founding member of Division 3. He served as President of the Mid Central Region, Superintendent of Division 3, held many other Division and Region positions and was active with the Teen Association of Model Railroaders. He was awarded the NMRA Distinguished Service Award in 1993 and the NMRA Meritorious Service Award. He was a conductor on the Whitewater Valley Railroad for many years until his retirement last year. He modeled in O Scale and was an advocate of scratch building. He was an operator on many area layouts.