ROYCE D SMITH was born on August 6,1918, to Clarence D. Smith and Lena Blakley Smith, on a farm north of McDonald, Kansas. He received his education at a rural school, Lone Tree District 68, near his home.
On October 5, 1938, Royce married Blanche Clark of Benkelman, Nebraska. They lived on the family farm and maintained their business of farming and operating an auto and machine shop.
Royce was always interested in antique autos and continued with that hobby all his life. He was a member of the Tri-State Antique Thresher Association and Antique Auto Club, of Bird City, Kansas, a group he thoroughly enjoyed working with. Many miles and enjoyable hours were spent in search of parts and visiting with friends in all parts of the United States. Eight of his cars are in the Tri-State Car Museum.
Royce and Blanche retired to Goodland, Kansas to be near their children, Rex and Dale Smith of Goodland, Joyce Ginther of McDonald, Linda Smith of Goodland and Debbie Crocker, formerly of Good-land and now of LaConia, NH.
In July of 1987, Royce discovered he had cancer of the lungs. It had already advanced so far by the time of its discovery that treatment was of very little value. He died June 1, 1988. Royce will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves many friends.
Submitted by his son, Dale Smith, P.O. Box 138, Bird City, Kansas 67731.
LESLIE R. GRIMM of Sigel, PA. died December 22, 1987 at the age of 63. Retired from trucking because of heart problems, he converted his love for the big rigs to a passion for antique farm tractors and small stationary engines. A wondrous wheeler-dealer, he bought and sold parts and tractors through mail, telephone, and ham radio all over Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.
He meticulously restored a Fordson tractor and two John Deere LA's and was working on a McCormick-Deering F-20 which his son plans to finish. He is survived by his wife, Julie, three sons: Tom, John and Don, and three grandchildren. Granddaughter Jennifer, 11 months, was the light of his life.
Les and Julie were charter members of the Coolspring Hit and Miss Engine Society and displayed in the Society's annual June Engine Show at Coolspring, PA. In his memory his family displayed his tractors along with their own engines at this year's 12th annual show. A kind man, generous with his time and his expertise, Les Grimm will be sadly missed by his family and many, many friends.
Submitted by Joseph M. Miller, member of Coolspring Hit and Miss Engine Society.
ROBERT WILLIAM BURNS, age 76, passed away July 1, 1988. He lived in Dayton, Ohio and was a member of the Dayton Area Antique Engine & Equipment Association. He attended many local shows and will be missed by all who knew him. He enjoyed showing his engines and visiting with his friends. He was also a member of the Urbana Steam & Gas Show and visited the Portland, Indiana Show yearly.
Submitted by his son, John Bums, 570 W. Jefferson, New Carlisle, Ohio 45344.