Three combines finish cutting wheat in one of Ervin Buller’s fields Monday. The combines belonged to Buller’s neighbors and friends in the Turpin, Okla., area. Buller had been hospitalized and died Monday evening shortly after his friends had harvested his wheat. Photo courtesy Cameron Parsons
By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Daily Leader
Last weekend, Turpin, Okla., resident and farmer Ervin Buller had to be transported to Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita due to failing health. When news of Ervin’s problems made it through the close-knit commuity in the Oklahoma Panhandle, the area’s farmers came together to make sure Ervin’s winter wheat crop would get harvested.
They quickly decided they would gather as many combines, grain carts and grain haulers as possible to harvest Ervin’s four fields of wheat on Monday.
Little did they know Buller would die Monday evening shortly after he was told, “They brought in the crop.”
“Some of these farmers had not completed their own harvest,” Buller’s son, Ryan Buller, said Tuesday. “They stopped to spend the day helping their neighbors, and resumed their own work today.”
Nine combines, two grain carts and five semis cut and hauled away Ervin’s first field. The second field required four combines, one cart and two semis to complete the job. Three combines, one grain cart and three semis brought in the wheat in the third crop. Exact figures for the fourth field were not recorded, but it, too, was sucessfulluy harvested Monday.
A list of those who the Bullers wanted to thank included: Mark Peters, Randy Becker, Richard Isaac, Russell Isaac, Matt Peters, Jason Becker, Alfred Isaac, JC Peters, Nick Kroeker, Alice Isaac, Chris Peters, George, Bruce Foster, Martin Alivas, Dick Trahern, Delmar Plunk, Garrell Young, Harold Isaac, Rondal Plunk, Johnnie Lee Maschmeier, Bob Regier, Dennis Loepp, Cody Regier, Ted Schmidt, Jim Schmidt, Jerry Evans, Kitty Plett, Brad Evans, Junior Pippitt, Brent Evans, Doug Stoll, Donna Evans, Roger Stoll, Craig Huebner, Chase Huebner, Lance Keyes, Jason Johnson, Michael McCarty and Loren Plett. The Bullers apologized if anyone was left off.
There were also other members of the community who helped and asked not to be identified.
By day’s end, the group managed to cut and haul off 1,350 acres of winter wheat.
Lance Keyes of Perryton Equity in Turpin brought pizza, drinks and cookies for lunch, and Ryan Martin of Keating Tractor and Equipment in Liberal privided snacks and chips. Leona Miller of Miller’s Cafe in Turpin also cooked up 25 cheeseburgers to go for the crews Monday.
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