| April/May 1988

CHARLES (FRED) ZERKLE of Casstown, Ohio, age 59, passed away January 17th. He is survived by his wife Elnora, two children and six grandchildren. He was retired from Hobart Corp. in Troy in 1981 and was a member of the Tri State Gas Engine Club and also many other clubs.

He and his family attended Portland, Indiana, Findlay, Bluffton, Urbana, West Liberty, London, Clifton, and Greenville to name just a few places. He was a John Deere and Bolens fan and restored a John Deere L and started on a John Deere MC. He and the family also collected antique fire equipment. The smallest, a hoze nozzle, and the largest a hook and ladder truck.

He will be greatly missed by many friends as he knew no strangers. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Elnora Zerkle, 3760 Burton Road, Troy, OH.

Submitted by Lee Wm Alexander.

'Big' JOHN TOTH, 68, of Ukiah, CA passed away on January 30th. A club member for the past ten years or so, and a bona fide engine 'nut' for most of his life, he worked as a mechanic for the Masonite Corporation for 30 years.

John would get excited about any engine he came across, no matter what kind it was or shape it was in. Sometimes I really believe he liked the rusty ones best. He gave every one his best shot, and the majority came back to life. His ability to accomplish a lot with very little isn't seen much anymore. Some of his engines became his creations, for anyone interested to enjoy, which is what he did. Often, he would fire up his favorite 3 HP Fairbanks Morse, then sit down and listen to her sing that beautiful song of the past, that all of us love so much.


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