Head to Paris for the 40th State Meet

It’s that time! We are looking forward to having the State Meet in Paris . Sept. 28- Oct. 1. This is the fifth time the club has enjoyed the Paris Love Civic Center. Area rides are wonderful and the weather forecast is agreeable.

This year’s patch

And if you ordered early, here’s the t-shirt design.

2022 t-shirt design

AND A SPECIAL TREAT. A PIN TO MARK THE 40 years of the club. One per registration, additional may be purchased at $5.00 per pin.

Shine ‘‘em up!

Load ‘‘em up!

Come and join the fun!

And you can’t come, please remember to renew your membership by sending $30.00 to Jane Press. ASAP. The current dues end on Oct. 1.

Betty Kesselus, TCC # 892 has Passed

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 by a Facebook post, Richard Kesselus posted about Betty’s passing: “Today I lost my beautiful Bride. For 57 years and 9 months I woke seeing her beautiful face everyday, listened to her wise words as she sent me off into the world with encouragement to be the best at what was about. When I wake in the morning I will miss it all. I will look to Heaven searching for guidance as she settles in with her loving parents. God Bless you my sweet Betty. I love you so much till we meet again, Richard”

Betty Gorham Kesselus funeral service will be at Calvary Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon October 16 2022 at 3 PM Church address is 603 Spring Street in downtown Bastrop. A reception will follow in the Church Parish Hall. We have been blessed with many responses. Darren and Kent and I are overwhelmed with love. Betty was truly a special person to everyone whose lives she touched especially all the school children. She is all smiles looking down upon all of us.

Our condolences to Richard and his family. When I have an obituary, I will add it to this post.

The Passing of TCC Member Royce Freeman

Royce Lee Freeman Sr. was born on September 16, 1938, to Robert Lee “Bud” Freeman and Hazel Lucille (Abney) Freeman. He passed from this life on July 9, 2022, at the age of 83.
Royce attended Lindsay High School and was a graduate of the class of 1955. Shortly after high school, he attended college and joined the Air Force. While he was stationed in Waco, Texas, Royce met his loving wife of 60 years, Sharon Ann (Branch) Freeman. Together they had four sons, Royce Lee Freeman, Robert Howard Freeman, Darryl Edward Freeman, and Richard Wayne Freeman.
Royce spent all of his adult life in Lindsay, Oklahoma, and raised his four children during that time. He worked in the family business until semi-retiring in 1992. Royce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lindsay.
Royce also belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, the American Legion in Lindsay, Oklahoma, the Rotary Club, and many more organizations. Royce enjoyed supporting Lindsay Schools Athletics, FFA, and Booster Clubs.
After retirement, Royce joined his three sons, Royce, Robert, and Richard, and their drag racing business in Oklahoma City, Lindsay, Pauls Valley, and Wynnewood. His idea of the perfect “retirement” was working with his boys and celebrating their continued success in the automotive and drag racing profession. Drag racing was truly Royce’s life passion. So, he found great joy as he watched his three sons race and build arguably one of the most historic Pro Stock teams to date. Royce was instrumental in the foundation of this successful business, along with the many more of the Elite Motorsports family. There is no doubt that Royce’s legacy will live on through his sons and grandchildren.
In his final years Royce was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. He also found enjoyment in riding Cushman Motor Scooters.
Left to cherish the memory of Royce are his wife, Sharon, of the home, his sons, Royce Freeman and wife Lisa of Duncan, Oklahoma, Robert Freeman of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Richard Freeman and wife Kim of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, his grandchildren, Kenley Freeman, Cale Freeman and wife Sidney, Chase Freeman, Casey Freeman, Austin Freeman, and Tyler Freeman, his sisters, Beth and Richard Skinner of Humble, Texas, Linda and Don Moore of Kilgore, Texas, and Donna and Randy Thompson of League City, Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and tons of friends.
Royce is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee “Bud” Freeman and Hazel Lucille (Abney) Freeman, his son, Darryl Edward Freeman, and his brother, Robert Don Freeman.
A funeral service to honor the life of Royce is set to begin at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July13, 2022, at Trinity Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. He will be laid to his final rest at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay, Oklahoma, following the service.

Published by Wilbourn Family Funeral Home – Lindsay on Jul. 12, 2022.

Royce and Sharon joined the club in 2007 and again in 2015. As current members, Sharon replied to the renewal notice. Our condolences to the family.

Colorado 2022

When in Ouray, Colorado a couple of years ago, I began thinking that some of our members might enjoy riding in the beautiful mountains.  Last year I mentioned this to a few of our Texas Cushman friends and received an enthusiastic response.  After consulting with Don Henry, I decided to put a specific date on our event calendar and see what happened.  The result was a very nice turnout for our first Ouray Cushman ride, August 19th and 20th, 2022.  We had fifteen people, including spouses, attend the event. 

Our early bird dinner was held at the True Grit Café in Ridgway, about 13 miles north of Ouray.

LouAnn and Jerry Jordan, Joyce and Joe Faltinek
Jane Press, Don and Judy Henry, Thelma and Bob Story

The first day we had eight scooters that rode from Ouray around to Telluride. I say “around” because we had to go around some mountains to get there. “As the crow flies” is about 13 miles; by paved roads it’s 49 miles. We first rode to Mountain Village where we parked our scooters in a parking garage. We walked over to catch the gondola system to go down to Telluride for lunch and shopping.

Telluride riders at Placerville rest stop

I think the gondola rides over a mountain peak and down to Telluride, dropping about 1000 feet, was the high point of the day.

Gondola down to Telluride (town below)

On our second day we had seven scooters and 8 riders. Because of threatening rain, we rode about half way to Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway and stopped at the Red Mountain Mining overlook at about 10,000 feet elevation. The tortuous hairpin turns gave us thrill after thrill! With no mishaps or breakdowns.

Our Red Mountain Mine overlook with riders and trailer crew
Our scooters, riders and trailer crew

We met at the Red Mountain Brewery for dinner after the Red Mountain ride.  Those attending were the Press’s, the Jordan’s, the Story’s, the Faltinek’s and the Henry’s.

Our third day, although unplanned, was a ride up to the Ridgway overlook. The only ones left for this Sunday ride were Joe Faltinek, Gene Perry and James Press. Jane Press and Joyce Faltinek pulled the trailer. This was another thrilling mountain road with several switchbacks, but the view was breathtaking when we got to the overlook.

Jane, Joyce, Joe and Gene (James is behind the camera)

Our first Texas Cushman Club–sanctioned Colorado rides were enjoyed by all, with no scooters loaded onto the trailer and no mishaps!  We did have some rain returning from Telluride, but that’s what happens in the Mountains.

Attendees: Gene Perry, Greg Perry, James Perry, James & Jane Press, Gerald & LouAnn Jordan, Don & Judy Henry, Bob & Thelma Story, Joe & Joyce Faltinek, David Perry and James Perry Jr.

Many thanks to James Press for the article and planning the ride. Thanks to Gene Perry for taking some of the pictures.