DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and collectors lined a funeral procession route with hundreds of tractors as a tribute to a northeast Iowa mechanic and tractor enthusiast who died last week.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/17UbfMU ) tractors were parked in fields, lawns and driveways Monday along the route from St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup to St. Francis Cemetery near Dunkerton.
They honored 34-year-old Chris Toneff Jr., who died Sept. 4 after being treated for a brain tumor.
Toneff assembled test engines at John Deere’s Product Engineering Center and after hours ran a repair shop north of Dunkerton.
Toneff was diagnosed with a tumor in 2008 but was successfully treated. He and friends organized an annual tractor drive in 2011 to raise money for brain tumor research.
His health problems returned last December.
Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com