Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Late yesterday morning a group of many local farmers banded together to pay tribute to a neighborhood farmer who unexpectedly passed away last Tuesday. It was decided to honor Jeff Jackson with our farm equipment. All along the 12 miles of Indiana Hwy 61 used by the funeral procession– from Monroe City to Vincennes– farmers parked dozens of combines and tractors and trucks. As the procession passed by the combine augers were extended to salute Jeff and his family, flashing lights were operating, and many farmers stood by in solemn respect. It was an impressive sight.
There were two locations that were the primary sites of the tribute, one at the Little League field near Monroe City and then at the front lawn of the South Knox Schools. But there were many other locations where farmers placed their machines along the highway, especially those whose farmsteads and fields were along the route.
Tribute at Monroe City Little League fields
Tribute at SKHS
One of the most touching moments (at least for me) was passing by Joe and Phyllis Holscher–high school classmates of Jeff. It may be a bit hard to see in this little video clip, but Joe had his farm hat in hand, over his heart as the procession passed by.
It was a beautiful day, in the low 80s.
We are grateful for the many farmers who made the effort to bring their machines to the processional route for Jeff, and who offered their respect for this good man.