Dean Sullivan said he wasn’t surprised by the number of people who gathered to help.
“There’s a sign in my house that reads ‘Thank you, farmers. Bless you,’” he said. “Our entire family feels that way. Tell everybody thank you. God bless all of you.”
Neighbor Charlie Wilson farmed alongside Sullivan for many years.
“He was the type of fellow that even in bad times he was always jolly,” Wilson said. “He always had a smile.”
Wilson recalled that the Sullivan family for many years raised tomatoes for Red Gold and one year a field was wet all year.
“I don’t think he got anything from that field,” he said. “It didn’t seem to bother him.”
Wilson said since Gerald farmed in two counties, he knew a lot of people in the farming community.
Johnson said he knew the local farming community would come together to help one of their own. He said everybody he contacted immediately said yes.
“It’s amazing all these people that turned out,” he said. “There were no questions asked. It was such a tragic accident that no one could say no.”
Johnson said whenever a local farmer needs assistance, the community comes together to help.
The plan was to harvest the entire 600 acres that Sullivan farmed by the end of the day. Johnson said there would be numerous combines and trucks available to harvest the crop and to take it to the grain elevators in Howard and Cass counties.
Pastor Roy Ice told the gathering the Lord was present in the number of volunteers who came to help.
“Lord, we’re doing this for Gerald,” he said in prayer. “We know that he is with you and smiling.”