February 2023 Newsletter is On Its Way!

The first newsletter of 2023 has been mailed and if you are a current member, expect it in your mailbox soon. IF you don’t receive it in a timely manner, please contact Chrysti Love. Our USPS has been known to “misplace” our mail.

Hope you enjoy, please note: I now have no backstock of articles, if you have an idea or your own story to share, let Chrysti know.

Chrysti Love texascusmaneditor@gmail.com or (806)548-1823

Former Member Gil Kasparek has Passed

Services: Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Grandview Funeral Home

8501 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505

Visitation at 11:00. Service at 1:00. Burial at 2:00.

Gil and Debbie Kasparek joined the Texas Cushman Club in 1989. Their number was TCC# 346. They last paid dues in 2015.

Thanks to Johnny Pearce for notifying me. Johnny said “ he was an old friend and a longtime Cushman guy.” Another loss to our club.

Richard Miner, former member has Passed

Richard Miner, TCC # 1880, passed away on November 16, 2022. His memorial service was to be in Houston on December 17, 2022.

I have not received any obituary and if I do, I will post it on this site.

Richard and Sue joined the club in 2011. They enjoyed spending time and riding with the club. When he had his accident in Paris, 2020, his strong will helped him to recover. You can read that story on this post: https://texascushmanclub.com/2020/05/04/richard-miners-story-may-2020/

He and Sue were favorites among the members. He will be missed.

Don Henry- presenting Richard’s repaired scooter, Richard Miner, James Press, and Raymond Love at Snyder, Tx 37th State Meet, 2019.

Ridin’ in Ouray, Colorado.. August 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 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)

Majestic overlook without people in the view

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.

2022 Magazine is ON Its Way!

Chrysti Love with the final product at our local printing place, Company Printing, San Angelo, Tx

It is with great pleasure that Chrysti Love announces the 2022 magazine was placed into the mail here in San Angelo today, November 17, 2022.

So, Chrysti has her cup of coffee and is ready to enjoy this year’s state meet.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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

Betty Irline Gorham Kesselus
Betty was born on April 18, 1944, in Houston, Texas, to John Dean Gorham and Mildred Theresa Gantt Gorham. In 1948, Betty’s family moved to Austin as her father had been selected to organize the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Dean subsequently served as its Director for 32 years. His grandmother was a Cherokee Indian adopted from those from the Trail of Tears in middle Tennessee. He, Betty, and her sister Deanna, were very proud of their Indian blood line.
Betty attended Pease and Brykerwood Elementaries, O’Henry Junior High, and she graduated from the Old Austin High School in 1962. Betty pursued post-secondary education at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Colorado at Boulder Colorado and along the way she met Richard Kesselus, a native Bastropian, in Nacogdoches and they fell in love. They married January 31, 1965, at First United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas.
Betty and Richard began their marriage in Beaumont Texas where Richard was a Patrolman with the Beaumont Police Department and Betty completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Lamar University, graduating with a B. S. in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in History. Betty began her teaching career at Vidor High School. She soon became a stay at home mom when she gave birth to her first child Richard Darren Kesselus on December 8, 1966, and a second child John Kent Kesselus came into the world on October 25, 1972, after the family had moved to San Marcos.
In 1974, the family moved to West University Place, Texas, where Richard accepted the job of Chief Of Police for the West University Place Police Department. Three years later the family moved back to Central Texas to Lockhart where Betty and Richard both accepted positions at Southwest Texas State University (SWTSU) in nearby San Marcos.
Betty developed, authored, and presented Safety Workshops for Elementary Teachers across the State. She continued her education completing a Master’s Degree in Interdiscplinary Studies at SWTSU (Texas State) which afforded her credentials as both a Guidance and Vocational Counselor. Her first counseling position was with the Lockhart ISD as Lockhart High School’s Guidance Counselor. Betty subsequently accepted a position as Elementary Counselor at Mina Elementary in the Bastrop Inpendent School District as the family transitioned to a return to Richard’s hometown of Bastrop.
At Mina, students affectionately called her “Mrs. Garfield” due to her Garfield the Cat themed office; she was tickled by her school nickname and answered to it when encountering former students. Later in her service to the Bastrop Independent School District, she helped with the development of Genesis Academic Alternative High School. It’s success was a point of great fullfillment and pride for her. She became its first Counselor continuing in the position until her retirement. She loved her work and her students.
In addition to her devotion as an educator, another important part of her life was singing in Church Choir – which she did for 50 years. Singing was so important that, on her wedding day, and to the surprise of First United Methodist Church Pastor Hampton, she showed up to sing at the regular morning service just hours prior to her wedding in the same venue.
Betty’s parents preceded her in death as did her niece Susan McKay Lockhart. She is survived by her sister Deanna Lee Gorham Wilson, husband Richard, sons Darren and Kent, one very smart and beautiful granddaughter Danyel Cole Kesselus, two wonderful grandsons Selvin Alfredo Kesselus, and Alexander Ernesto Kesselus, nieces Diane Cannon, Linda McKay, Elizabeth Crownover and Anna Freeto, nephews Mike Mckay and Scott McKay and a host of great and great-great nephews and nieces.
Betty passed from this world on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Bastrop. The service will include internment in the Church Columbarium. A celebration of her wonderful life will follow the service in the Church Parish Hall. In lieu of flower donations, memoriums can be made to Calvary Episcopal Church.

Our condolences to Richard and his family.