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Favorite Tractor Took Farmer To Grave
This man really is "Deer-ly departed." The sons and daughter of the late Archie Glenn, a 99-year-old retired dairy farmer and Deere lover from Volant, Penn., say they got the idea for a their dad's Deere-themed funeral from reading a FARM SHOW article about a man buried in an IH casket.
  Archie Glenn's funeral featured a green casket, yellow and green flower arrangements, an embroidered tractor image that fit inside the liner of the casket lid, and a blown-up photo of the first tractor he ever had. Tractor sound effects accompanied a video of lifetime photos.
  The 1954 Deere 50 tractor Glenn owned for 30 years pulled the casket on a two-wheel trailer from the church to the gravesite.
  "John Deere was all he ever farmed with, and farming was his life. It was a part of him," says Harry, of Butler, Penn. "He knew that if you took care of the land, it would take care of you. He instilled that in every one of us."
  Rather than a mournful occasion, the funeral was a celebration of memories and of Glenn's life and passion for tractors.
  "He loved those machines," said Glenn's daughter, Ruth Wigton, of Volant. "They never let him down."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harry Glenn, 517 McKinley Ave, Butler, Penn. 16001 (ph 724 287-2890; email: colina@ zbzoom.net).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2