DONALD L. RIDGWAY, 80, of Xenia, Ohio, passed away December 27, 1994. He was born in Highland County, Ohio, on December 24, 1914.
Don owned and operated the Ridgway Camper Sales in Xenia, Ohio, before retiring. He was past president and an honorary lifetime member of the Old Timers Club of Xenia, Ohio. He was a member of the Florida Flywheelers. He served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels at Greene Memorial Hospital of Xenia.
In addition to his wife Edris, whom he married on February 6, 1935, he is survived by one son and two daughters.
Don was a collector of small gas engines, and at most shows that he would attend he was known as the Briggs & Stratton man.
Don will be missed by many people.
WALDO McCOY, 75, of Port William Road, Wilmington, Ohio, passed away October 13, 1994. He was born in Xenia, Ohio, and had farmed all of his life.
He was a World War II veteran; a member of the Lumberton Methodist Church; American Legion -49 of Wilmington; VFW Post 2402, Xenia; past president of the Clinton County Antique Machinery Club; honorary lifetime member of the Old Timers Club in Xenia, and served on the board of directors of that club for nine years. He and his wife Loma were named King and Queen of the 1994 Old Timers Days in Xenia.
He is survived by his wife Loma; they had been married 50 years. Also surviving are a daughter and two grandsons.
Waldo was a collector of Massey-Harris tractors and enjoyed camping at the different shows. He had been in charge of camping for the Old Timers ever since we had camping of any size. It will be hard to drive through the camping area this coming show and not see or hear Waldo.
The two remembrances above were
submitted by Wilbur Burnett, 2140 Waynesville Road, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305.
JOHN R. GARDNER, 76, died January 7, 1995 in Salt Lake City following a struggle with cancer. He was born May 31, 1918 in West Jordan, Utah.
John will certainly be missed by his family, friends and all the members of the Utah Antique Machine Association in which he was a very active member. John was instrumental in building our weight transfer sled for our tractor pulls and thoroughly enjoyed pulling his Caterpillar crawler tractor which he had in tip top shape. We have a class here for antique tractors in our pulls. I would guess that the biggest challenge was his Caterpillar 10 tractor against Dick Erickson's 8-16 Mogul, 1916 version. The Mogul usually out-pulled the Cat, but in the 1994 July 4th pull the Cat 10 out-pulled the Mogul, due to track conditions. John was an excellent mechanic, welder and layout man, just like his father and other family members. He was an engineer for the Caterpillar Tractor Company from 1947 to 1951. If you look in your Nebraska test book by C. H. Wendel, on page 150 John is shown on the D8 Caterpillar. John was also an excellent woodworker. He made several clocks and two violins. He also enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding.
Submitted by Richard Erickson, P.O. Box 400, West Jordan, Utah 84084.