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Mechanicsville Farmer's Memory Honored Through Harvest

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MECHANICSVILLE, Iowa - It's not a typical sight during harvest season: a field crawling with machinery.

"I can't even count them all, there's so many people here helping," Tom Thimmes said. "Seven combines, seven or eight grain carts, 20 wagons, straight trucks."

They were all in the field on Saturday to honor the memory of Keith Beck, 56, who died after a rollover crash not far from his fields in May. Dozens of friends, family members, and neighbors rode into his fields to bring in his crops.

"Something like this would have taken my dad two or three days, but we're getting it done today in hours," Tyler Beck, one of Keith Beck's sons, said.

He and Keith Beck's other son Eric Beck are grateful for all the help they've received since he passed in May. The co-op in town provided food for these hard workers on Saturday, to keep them pushing through to the last row.

"It's pretty amazing how all these guys come out, donate their time to help us out," Tyler Beck said. "Whether it's them out there combining and helping get the crops in or just the small things, they've done since he passed away, it's really been nice."

But Tom Thimmes said generosity isn't hard to come by in farm communities like this one. In fact, he said it's exactly the kind of idea Keith Beck would have come up with.

"This is something he would do," Thimmes said. "If this would've happened to any one of us, he'd be here spearheading it. That's just the kind of person Keith Beck was."

Thimmes said that means Beck will be remembered long after the last bushel is hauled away.

"It is touching. It makes you realize we can all come together and be a part of something, and it shows you that people are good," Thimmes said.

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