| April/May 1997

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

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.