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Central Ill. farmers help with harvest after death

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By Associated Press

LEXINGTON -- Dozens of central Illinois farmers worked together to harvest more than 300 acres of corn that belonged to a man who died this summer from a heart attack.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Dave Thomas died in July and his family decided to sell the farm and its equipment.

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So Sunday, 16 combines rolled through the fields near Lexington to bring in Thomas' final corn harvest.

Residents say Thomas was known for his quiet generosity and quick-thinking.

Lexington farmer Roland Frerichs says the community came together to help with the harvest as payback for Thomas' kindness over the years.

A grain elevator that's usually closed on Sundays opened for the occasion.

Chenoa farmers are planning a similar harvest Monday for Dave Harrison, who died last week.

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