Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:18:50
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Not a JD guy myself, but interesting...
Beloved tractor takes farmer to cemetery
Friday, February 11, 2005
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.