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ROBERT FINIS DONALD ST. JOHN, 79, of Guntersville, Alabama, passed away November 5, 1993. Al though his health had been failing during the last few years, his passing came from a massive heart attack.

Finis was well known in the south eastern states for his participation in antique engine shows, and especially for his interest in steam engines and tractors. He was a member of several engine and tractor clubs. He enjoyed going to engine shows, visiting old friends, talking about his engines, helping anyone having engine trouble, swapping jokes, and, of course, showing his engines.

Finis had a huge collection of engines of many kinds and makes. His knowledge of steam operation was unsur passed by anyone that I have known. With his passing, a world of knowledge has now gone on. No longer can we call on him for the help we sometimes need in this hobby. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, fellow collectors and all who knew him.

Finis is survived by his wife, Melba; daughters Katherine Pettus, Jane Owens, and Robbie Champion; one stepson; six grandchildren; and five sisters. Submitted by Burton Marsh, 2507 S.W. Rockhouse Road, Madison, Ala bama 35758

RICHARD LEE SMITH, 63, of Piedmont, Missouri, died October 1, 1993 at his residence. He had been in poor health the last 12 years.

Mr. Smith was born on May 7, 1930, in Anderson, Indiana, and was of the Lutheran faith. He was a retired mechanic, and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Antique Fly Wheelers Clubs in Florida and Missouri. On September 3, 1955, he married Mary Weeks.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son, Richard L. Smith, Jr., of Chattanooga, Tennessee; three grandchildren; and one brother, Donald Ray Smith.