Lee Bowman, 78, died Oct. 11, 2001. He was born Sept. 30, 1923. He was a retired machinist having worked for F. C. Russell 20 years, L. W. Nash in East Palestine, Ohio, for 15 years and Rice Engineering for two years.
Lee was well know as an engine collecter and restorer. He had some 50 to 60 engines in his collection, including Ideal, Associated, IHC Titan, Briggs & Stratton, Maytag and many others. Lee also restored a 1936 Plymouth car to like new condition.
He had been a member of the North West Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association in Portersville, Pa., since 1972. He was a long-time member of the Stumptown Steam Threshers, the Knox Antique Engine and Tractor Association and the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, all in Ohio, and the Marshall County Antique Power Association in Moundsville, W. Va.
Lee helped many people restore their engines over the years. A kind and gentle man, he was never too busy to answer a question or lend a helping hand to anyone.
Lee leaves behind his wonderful wife of 57 years as well as four children, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His memory will live forever with those who knew and loved him. He was a very special man and a good friend to us all.Submitted by Lonnie R. Kiger, Glen Easton, W. Va.
Robert Love, Woodstock, Va., died Jan. 31, 2002.
Robert was born Dec. 5, 1923, the son of LeRoy and Candace Leathers Love of Pennsylvania. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps, and he was retired from Capital/United Airlines.
Robert collected Economy engines, beginning with the Economy his father-in-law, I. W. Brown, got from Sears. Robert enjoyed going to shows all along the eastern shore, taking pictures and showing his engine and photo albums.Submitted by Louis B. Love
Wilbur (Will) Wilson, LaGrange, Ohio, died March 8, 2002. Will was a longtime member of the LaGrange Engine Club. He was always available to help on our many projects before, during and after our shows. He will be missed by his friends and family. Submitted by John R. Heath