They asked for a tractor but received a community: Dozens of farmers line up their equipment to honor Colten Howard

On Wednesday, his friends, family, and farmers from several counties showed up to pay their respects.

Posted: Nov 27, 2019 5:20 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2019 6:28 AM

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The community is saying goodbye to Colten Howard. Colten died on Friday when he was in a grain bin accident.

On Wednesday, his friends, family, and farmers from several counties showed up to pay their respects.

It was a complete outpouring of love and support for the Howard family.

"We're a small rural community and everybody kinda knows everybody and they come out and do what they can," Justin Cole, Parke County Sheriff said. "Just whatever they can do to kind of ease the suffering and sadness for right now.".

Farmers from around 40 different farms from multiple counties lined up their equipment on the road leading into the cemetery to honor Colten.

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Many people told us Colten loved to farm.

"He graduated high school and went directly to work. He actually was already working as a farmer before he even graduated," Dwight Ashley, Parke Heritage High School Principal said. "Doing what he loved to do."

A farmer from the area was asked if they could use his tractor to put at the entrance of the cemetery to honor Colton. But farmers decided they would do even more than that for one of their own.

"Well I mean it gets you pretty emotional because this is the fabric of our community. When you see all the tractors and combines and grain trucks this is what we do here," Ashley said. "It's hard work this is what makes the country move basically and that's what Colten was doing. That's what he was a part of."

Sheriff Cole says he's not surprised to hear about the support from the small town.

"I've never seen a display like this before, but it is impressive...but like I said, I'm not surprised that something like this is done," Cole said.

Colten just graduated from Parke Heritage High School and was working on a farm when the accident happened last Friday.

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