Honoring a life and a passion

Friends and family gather to celebrate life of Jay Haning

MINIER, Ill. - A local man just lost his battle to cancer, but his family and friends are making sure to remember all the good times they had.

Jay Haning was a John Deere man by trade, but his loved ones knew him as someone who had a passion for farming and tractor pulling.

"He has more friends than most people know," said Chad Hensley, Haning's Friend and Co-Worker. "And just a remarkable guy and a great friend."

Those closest to Haning thought there was no better way to honor him than a funeral procession of John Deere tractors; one of which pulled a wagon that held Hanings' casket.

"There's a mixture of tractor," said Hensley. "Local business have sponsored some of these tractors, but most of them are just local neighbors that wanted to come out and honor their friend and their neighbor."

On Monday in Minier, the procession rode past the farm Haning grew up on, and continued to farm.

"People are coming out to honor long-time friend and neighbor," said Hensley.

He may have lost his battle to cancer, but his loved ones say he never lost his infectious smile and laugh.

"I was doing okay until I came into town this morning and saw all those tractors lined up," said Hensley. "And that's just a testament to the kind of guy he was and how involved he was in our local community."


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