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Community comes together to help a family harvest

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WINTHROP (KWWL) -

After the recent death of a father and husband, a community pitches in to help the family harvest.

Volunteers were busy Saturday saying they are harvesting Keith's last crops. 

Keith Wilgenbusch passed away last month to pancreatic cancer, "He started taking on lots of fluids and they realized then that the cancer had spread and it was in the fluids and then it started taking over the rest of his body," said Jill Wilgenbusch, Keith's wife.

Keith leaves behind his wife and four kids who appreciate all the help.

"I'm still amazed, like I said I was only expecting a couple of people, a couple of our family friends to come out and run the wagons," said Jill. "Then to see everybody here come out and continue to bring the food and drinks...the support that we have is wonderful."

The Wilgenbusch family owns eighty acres and Saturday more than 15 volunteers helped with the harvest.

One volunteer is Keith's life long friend.

"It's just a estimate to being a good person and how much everybody thought of him," said Sean Dolan, friend. "The kids should look back and appreciate this day, that everyone cared enough about him and his family that that they were willing to spend a beautiful day helping get his crops picked."

Sean says friends and family helped him plant and take care of the crops all summer and harvested Keith's last crops.

"He was a great man, I'll miss him, I do miss him," said Sean.

Keith's wife says she plans to continuing farming, just like if her husband was still alive.
 

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