In Memory of Don "Pete" Nofziger

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In Memory of Don "Pete" Nofziger
Farmer Don "Pete" Nofziger supported FRB with an individual growing project for more than ten years and at every FRB event he attended would ask the deeper questions with his humorous but serious grin.  Article 2 of his will includes a message to his FRB friends:
 "Of first and of a most all important of mention, I herby commit my soul in the hands of my Saviour, full of confidence that, having redeemed it and washed it with His most precious blood, He will present it faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father on that last Day of Judgment.  And, I entreat all of my family and friends to maintain and defend, at all hazard, and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of complete atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ once offered, and through that alone."

An adaptation of the poem by Bobby Collier: "I'm Just a Farmer, Plain and Simple"  was shared with Don "Pete" Nofsiger of Archbold, OH shortly before his recent death and at his funeral:

 
I’m Just a farmer, plain and simple
 
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
Not of Royal birth, but rather a worker of the earth.
I know not of riches, but rather of patches on my britches.
 
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
I know of drought and rain, of pleasure and pain.
I know the good, the bad, the happy and the sad.
 
I’m a man of emotions.
A man who loves this land and the beauty of its sand.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
 
I know the spring's fresh flow and autumn/s golden glow.
Of a newborn calf's hesitation and an eagle's destination.
I'm just a farmer plain and simple.
 
I know of tall pines and long waiting lines.
I know the warmth of campfires and the agony of flat tires.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
 
I’m a man who loves his job.
And the life that I live.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
 
And I’m a reaper of harvest.
I’m the sower of seeds and I’m the tender of stock.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
 
I know of planting corn and bailing hay and animals going astray.
I live in a complex world, but my faith guides me.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
 
I am a man who works with God.
I cannot succeed without His help.
For you see, I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
 
07/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment