Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 5, 2012

'It's just the right thing to do'

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Appanoose County farmers Wednesday helped a fellow local farmer diagnosed with cancer by harvesting and hauling his soybeans.

Ron White, who farms 75 acres of land north of Centerville planted in soybeans and in need of harvest might be surprised when he returns from Chicago.

No, he didn't go to Chicago on vacation, he went to Chicago to receive medical treatment for cancer. White left Appanoose County Tuesday for those treatments.

Before White left Centerville he said he was thankful for the many kind people in the community and that was just another reason to be proud to live here.

"At first I felt bad, I didn't want a hand out," White said. "My pride took control but I realized my friends and neighbors just wanted to do something good for me."

One of those "friends and neighbors" and Appanoose County farmer who helped with the harvest was Rick Ballanger.

"It's just the right thing to do when somebody is down and out," Ballanger said. "We just need, everybody kind of come together and help him out."

And they did, as beside Ballanger, local Appanoose County farmers who helped harvest White's soybeans were Stanley Spencer, Joe Walker, Bill, Tim and Bob Morris, Richard Pisarik and his wife Joyce, who fixed dinner, their daughter Franny and her husband Carl Zotz.

The harvest was finished Wednesday as they used four combines supplied by Pisarik, Morris brothers, Spencer and Ballanger and the soybeans were hauled with a truck supplied by Morris brothers to local elevator Smith Fertilizer and Grain in Centerville.