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Farmers come together to help family with harvest

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

When a Liberty area farmer died in an ATV accident on his farm over Labor Day weekend, it not only left his family grieving, but facing a big task of bringing in this year's harvest.

But friends of Dan Hugenberg weren't about to let his family go it alone.  Today they came out in full force to help with the harvest.

Ben Hugenberg says, "It is very nice to know if I need help, it's just a phone call away. It's just overwhelming almost, the amount of help and support that's come out for my dad. It's just proof and vindication that he was a great man."

The amount of support Ben's family has received since his father's death has been overwhelming.

But today's effort was icing on the cake.

Adams County Farm Bureau manager Shawn Valter helped coordinate volunteers to harvest this 50 acres of corn.

"Dan definitely was well-liked in the community, very well respected and there was tremendous outpouring of support from people, we actually had to turn people away today."

About 20 people came today, bringing eight trucks, three combines, and a grain wagon.

Farm Credit provided lunch and Two Rivers FS donated the fuel for the equipment.

Dan's wife, Roseann, says this is a great tribute to her husband.

"He was just a great guy, a great organizer and if this happened to somebody else, Dan would have been the first one there wanting to help. He would have just done it. He would have been out here helping his next door neighbor again and friend as everyone is here.

Ben Hugenberg says, "It's just a great way to keep the memory of a good man alive."

It's been a tough year for the Hugenberg family.  Besides Dan's tragic death last month, he lost his daughter Katie in July and both of his parents passed away this year as well.

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