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Interesting Funeral
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Wisereader    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:18:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a JD guy myself, but interesting...

Beloved tractor takes farmer to cemetery

Friday, February 11, 2005
Associated Press

VOLANT, Pa. -- Archie Glenn's family made sure he was Deere-ly departed.

The 99-year-old dairy farmer had a passion for John Deere tractors. So at his Feb. 4 funeral, his family had his casket pulled to the North Plain Grove Cemetery using one of Glenn's favorite vehicles: his 1950s vintage John Deere tractor.

"He loved those machines," said Glenn's daughter, Ruth Wigton, of Volant, Lawrence County. "They never let him down."

Glenn was an electrician who worked for years in the Slippery Rock University maintenance department. But his first love was the dairy farm that he worked with his father and, later, his children. Glenn owned several John Deere tractors, buying his first in 1935. When he retired in 1977 at age 72, he continued to mow 20 of his acres and land owned by five neighbors with a tractor.

Glenn's entire funeral was tractor themed. His deep green casket had a liner embroidered with a yellow-and-green tractor image -- John Deere's colors. Flower arrangments were yellow and green. And even the music had a John Deere ring to it.

The family opted not to have organ music playing softly in the background at the funeral home. Instead, they downloaded music featuring the sounds of a running, idling and stalled tractor engine from the John Deere Web site.

"Dad's funeral was not a mournful occasion, but a celebration of his life and what he loved -- from the people to the tractors," Wigton said.

On my headstone put:.....    Posted 02-11-2005 at 20:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
(To the tune of "Some I Wrote" by the Statler Bros:)

Some day when it's all over, and they carry me away,
Put me on a wagon pulled behind a John Deere A

Make sure that A's a runnin fine, poppin right in time,
But the most important thing of all, make sure it's one of mine.

Some I bought for money,
Some I traded for,
Some I bought and hauled away, never made it through my shop door,
Some I sold for a profit,
And a couple still are here,
I've lost track of all the rest, but they mostly were John Deeres

That day when it's all over, and you're sittin there all alone,
They'll call and ask you what you want to have written on my stone.
Tell them when I was born and died, the year and the day,
And if there's room for someting else, here's what you can say:

Repeat Chorus

RayP(MI)    Posted 02-11-2005 at 18:53:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was an item here year or so back - 'bout a farmer who was carried to the cemetary on a flat bed trailer pulled by his favorite Farmall. Pallbearers were all dressed in bib overalls. Think that was out of Ohio.

Local funeral director contacted us a while back, wanted to borrow a John Deere A, for a funeral. Story was that the farm wife (the deceased) had hitch-hiked out to the Deere factory to get a tractor for her husband and their farm. This was war time, and tractors were hard to get. She got to the factory, was allowed to see the management. They got on the phone, and found one for her in Lansing Michigan, at a dealer. She got back to Lansing, and insisted on riding the truck from the dealer to the farm for the delivery. One tough farm lady - wouldn't take "NO" for an answer. they wanted to display a Deere at the church as part of the funeral. We didn't have what they needed, but was able to direct furneal director to a friend who had what they wanted. My hats off to her memory.

Les    Posted 02-11-2005 at 16:33:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
They even spelt cemetery right. Most people think there's at least one a in it.

Rickstir    Posted 02-11-2005 at 12:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't care how they get me to my burial plot, I just want a six pack of Budweiser in the coffin with me!

ahh-    Posted 02-11-2005 at 14:35:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe that explains why you didn't answer the posts about squaring up your ceder poles! LOL

~Lenore    Posted 02-11-2005 at 11:31:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
What a great send off!
I think funerals should be a celebration of the deceased's life!
I plan to have a fun funeral with lots of good music when I go.

bill b va    Posted 02-11-2005 at 13:55:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

will there be beer?

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