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Community comes together to help farming family in need

A northeast Missouri community came together to help a farming family in need. Dozens of volunteers took time to help harvest crops left behind by a farmer who recently passed away.

Floyd Buckman passed away in a one-car accident near Monroe City on Monday, August 27, leaving behind a farm with over a thousand acres of crops that would soon need to be harvested. Now his family is getting help with the harvest in their time of need.

"He was an all-around amazing man, loved life, was always about making everyone happy," said his Daughter Jacki Potterfield, "always had a smile on his face, he loved his farm, he loved his family, he never met a stranger."

Buckman’s family said they didn’t even need to ask for help when it came time to harvest.

"He was a pillar of the community, a great friend to everybody, husband, father, great farmer, when he left, when he passed on there’s a lot of things that he left others to do, and now we’re just trying to put it all together," said family friend Jerry Quinn who Along with more than fifty other volunteers including neighboring farmers and family friends offered their time, trucks, and combines to help Buckman’s family during the critical fall harvest.

"Anyone that can do anything, you know kids were out here mowing his yards anything that anyone can do," said Quinn.

And his family says they don’t know what they would’ve done without the help.

"We’ll never be able to express our gratitude and thanks, my dad I know is looking down on all of this and just smiling and so happy but I also know that he would’ve done this for anybody and been there in a heartbeat if he could, that’s just the kind of man he was," said Potterfield, who said they plan to carry on Buckman’s legacy, "he worked his whole life to get what we have here, so we want to keep it together and going the best we can."

Quinn said that they plan to continue to help the Buckmans over the coming weeks when it comes time to harvest soybeans .

According to his obituary, Buckman was an active member of his community, serving on many different boards, he enjoyed playing music and spending time with his family. He was 61 when he passed away.
 

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