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William 'Bill' Bland, 82, of Benton, Ky., passed away Aug. 4, 2002. A Navy veteran and long distance trucker, Bill collected and restored gas engines and tractors.

His pride and joy was a 1935 IHC Fairway 12, serial number FOS1403, which he fully restored from a rust heap and turned into a showpiece. He was a charter member of Kentucky Chapter No. 24 International Harvester Collectors and International Harvester Collectors Worldwide.

Bill was an enthusiastic member, taking part in shows in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Louisiana. He will be sorely missed by his 'rusty iron buddies.' Submitted by Kentucky Chapter No. 24 IH Collectors.

Eldon W. Burley, 79, of Toledo, Ill., passed away July 8, 2002. He was born April 16, 1923, in Champaign, Ill., the son of Elmer and Wilma (Ellington) Burley. He married Gladys Starwalt on July 9, 1946 in Henderson, Ky.; she survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Jerry and Larry Burley both of Toledo; one daughter, Mrs. Carol and husband Robert Markwell of Toledo; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren.

Eldon graduated in 1942 from Heyworth High School in Heyworth, Ill. He was a retired farmer and retired in 1985 from Cumberland Unit 77 as a bus driver and mechanic. He was a member of the Toledo Christian Church, and he and Gladys enjoyed restoring and displaying antique gas engines.Submitted by Gladys Burley, Toledo, Ill.

Beryl D. 'Red' Buchanan, 78, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away April 2, 2002. Born on Oct. 3, 1923 to Delbert Buchanan and Beulah Booth Buchanan in Ringgold County, Iowa. Red graduated from Centerville High School in 1941. During World War II Red served in the Navy as a torpedo man on PT boats in the Philippines. Red married Beverly Carstens on Oct. 9, 1949. He graduated from the Kansas City School of Watch making, and was the owner of Modern Jewelers from 1948-1962. He was an accomplished carpenter, building houses in and around Centerville. For the past 34 years he owned and operated heavy equipment, doing work for the farmers in Appanose County. He was an avid collector of antique gas engines and was past president of the Iowa and Missouri Gas Engine Club. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge AF and AM #42 in Centerville and the Numa American Legion.

I met Red at the Le Center, Minn., swap meet in 1981 and then again in Waukee, Iowa. I convinced Red to meet in Portland, Ind., and we spent many happy hours and made many friends who will miss seeing him on the corner under the old hickory tree. Gas engine collecting will never be the same.

Red leaves behind his wife, Beverly; a son, Barry and his wife, Carol, of Ottumwa, Iowa; a daughter, Barbara Riddlich and her husband, John, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; a sister, Bonnie Anderson, of Davenport, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.Submitted by Don and Joan Cross, Appleton, Wis.