These stories are taken from the Route 66 News site. There are many more, but these are the ones of particular interest to me. The site had much more information and pictures.
JULY 1ST-- Funks Grove. Funks Grove Maple Sirup owner, Steve Funk, 90, died on June 21. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and met Glaida, his wife of many years, while stationed in Enid, Oklahoma. They were married in 1945.
In 1942, sirip production at Funks Grove halted because of the war's heavy taxes, but resumed in 1943. In 1937, he and his wife took over Funks Grove Sirip. Sirip is the correct way to spell maple syrup that has had no sugar added to it.
In the 1970s, I-55 was routed to go straight through Funks Grove's timber, but he petitioned successfully to get it rerouted to where the interstate is today.