SYRACUSE — As many know, farmers live to work under the radar and away from the public’s attention. If it weren’t for an anonymous person slipping the secret of the good deeds that happened on Bowser Road, no one may have ever known about the group of friends, family and neighbors who came together to help one of their own.
Wayne Sholtey, a local farmer, had been in a recent horrific accident sending him to the hospital. He is expected to be released from the hospital soon. He had been driving, delivering corn to Deatsman Grain Farms, hoping to get it done before harvesting season.
With Sholtey in the hospital, he wouldn’t be able to take care of this task until the roads were already filled with traveling combines and backed up traffic. The sooner his grain bins were emptied, the better his time and effort would be spent focusing on the harvest.
A small group was organized Friday morning, Sept. 16, to finish Sholtey’s task. Mary Sholtey, daughter of Wayne, was helped by Rich Schlipf, Chad Dippon, Nelson Beer, Don Buhrt and Dennis Darr. She was extremely grateful and appreciative toward these benefactors assisting her father, full of smiles and gratitude as they worked together.
With six people and five trucks, transferring 10,000 bushels of corn would take some time and total to 10 semi-truck loads. With the help of each other the work transcended into a moment where every individual stepped back and realized what was really important.
“If it had happened to one of us,” commented Buhrt, who was the main organizer of the group. “We would’ve done same thing. It’s instinctive and simple. If your friend, neighbor or family needed help, you’d do it.”
Everyone involved had known each other for years, whether it was from school or from farming. Small towns are known for their neighborly actions and caring thoughts, it was just as well that Sholtey received the same kindness he had given to those around him.