| June/July 1993

ROBERT 'BOB' McCLURE, 58, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away January 17, 1993 after a six month bout with bone and lung cancer. He was brave to the very end trying to protect and comfort his wife, Delores, of nearly 40 years. He leaves two sons, Steve and Randy, and a daughter, Sherry, five granddaughters and a grandson.

Bob was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. He owned and operated his own Case backhoe for over 25 years. He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers #649 at Peoria, Illinois, and a former member of River Valley Antique Association.

Bob was a friend to all, and always ready to give advice or lend a helping hand, not only to the gas engine show participants, but in everyday life. If a friend or neighbor needed help with a digging job, he was always ready, and never accepted payment.

He loved all kinds of antiques, including a very rare Wilson Des Moines gas engine which he sold after he found out about his health problems. Another pride-and-joy was his 1947 Indian motorcycle with side car for 'Mamma.' She was always ready to jump in the side car or on the back of his 1986 Harley Davidson to take a spin or vacation as they did nearly every summer. Other interests included antique autos and all kinds of farm equipment, as well as miniature gas engines.

Bob was definitely one-of-a-kind. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

Submitted by his wife, Delores McClure, 1412 W. Olive St., Bloomington, Illinois 61701.


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