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CHARLES SANTMIRE, 71, of Airport Highway, formerly of Chorus Lane in Toledo, Ohio, died November 19, 1996, in St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee. He collapsed at his home and was taken to the hospital, but he could not be revived. Mr. Santmire underwent triple bypass heart surgery three years ago, and had been in good health until they started a trip to Florida.

He was an inspector 29 years in Ohio Bell's motor vehicle department in Toledo and in Columbus, retiring in 1982.

In recent years, the Santmires lived on a six-acre property in Swanton. There, he worked in a flower and vegetable garden, and avidly collected small farm engines of all types.

'Collecting farm equipment was his hobby,' his wife said. 'He rebuilt the gasoline engines and showed them at fairs and exhibitions. He also owned two old farm tractors.'

Mr. Santmire was a member of the Wauseon Thrashers Club, the Ohio Bell Pioneers, and several antique engine associations of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

Mr. Santmire enjoyed hunting, and had deer on his own wooded property.

In addition to Mary, his wife of more than 50 years, he is survived by his daughters, Colleen 'Sue' Walton and Karen Ward, and a grandson.

Submitted by Mary Santmire, 12810 Airport Rd., Swanton, Ohio 43558.

We are saddened to report the untimely passing of GEORGE H. BARROWS, age 66, at his home in Cadmus, Michigan, January 27, 1997. He was cared for by his loving family, friends, and Hospice of Lenawee.

George was a member of many clubs, from Portland, Indiana, to Coolspring, Pennsylvania. His home club was the Farmers Antique Tractor and Engine Club of Adrian, Michigan.

His first love was his wife Mary, children, grandchildren, and John Deere. He always stood out at the shows with his John Deere hat, shirt, bright red suspenders and his smile. He will best be remembered for the 10 HP Famous, which went to every show he attended.

George, you may be gone, but never forgotten.

Submitted by his son-in-law, Gary H. Dunbar, 217 Burt, Tecumseh, Michigan 49286.