Harvest help honors farmer

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ARTHUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Friends and family honored a farmer after he died in an accident on his farm.

Cliff Kauffman died unexpectedly just before this year’s harvest. 

A job that would take his family 16 hours to do only took three Friday because several farmers joined in to harvest his fields.

“I miss him. I miss him so much. I’d give anything to have him back. I know he’s in a better place,” says daughter, Kim Weber. 

“I can keep myself held together. I don’t know why. It still feels like a dream to me you know,” says brother, Larry Kauffman.  

The loss of Cliff Kauffman is still difficult for his family; but, his friends gave him the ultimate tribute by helping harvest his field.

“It was really tough to come out here; but, it’s also really helpful for us to be able to do something,” says friend, Steve Honn. 

Steve Honn was a friend of Cliff Kauffman’s for almost 40 years.

People describe him as a hardworking man.

He would sell propane, haul horses, and farm as well as help the community.

It’s something his brother witnessed growing up.

“He would go the extra mile for somebody in the late hours and early hours,” says Larrry Kauffman.

That’s something even younger generations experienced.

“He’s an amazing grandpa. As much as he worked, he still made time for his family as well,” states Weber. 

Kauffman’s favorite time of year is harvest season and the family says this is just an overwhelming experience to see the love and support from the entire community.

“It helps us get through this and whenever you see it all show up and come together at once, it really gives you a good feeling,” says son, Kyle Kauffman.

Farming has been in this family for nearly 40 years.

“It’s something my father started and we have grown and I’d like to see it continue,” states Larry Kauffman.

He says it’s more important now than ever.

Riding in the equipment is a tradition Kyle Kauffman enjoyed with his dad. He wants to keep it going with his children.

“Be out there with them spending that time doing those kinds of things,” says Kyle Kauffman.

So many farmers showed up to help harvest, some of them had to be turned away.

The family wants to thank everyone who made it out to show their support.

13 trucks helped haul grain for the 130 acre field. Four wagons and three combines were also there to help.

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