The Indiana Prairie Farmer and Purdue University College of Agriculture Master Farmer program lost another of its alumni recently. Herman Bullard, Elkhart County, passed away last month.
Bullard, who was known as a cattleman, also was involved in vegetable production with his sons during part of his career. He was a local leader in the community in the Elkhart County area. Bullard was 88.
Meanwhile, just three weeks ago, Carl Villowck, father of Don Villwock, passed away in Knox County. Villwock lived near Edwardsport. Don farms and is also currently president of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. He also served as director of the Farm Service Agency during a stint several years ago. Don Villwock is a Master Farmer, named in 1985. In fact, Don and Herman Bullard were honored during the same year.
Carl was known for his collection of antique tractors and farm machinery. His collection held more items than some museums on farm history. Some of his tractors were rare models, few of which were ever made. His collection was also famous because it contained a large number of antique tractor seats. People came from all over to tour his unofficial museum of the early days of agriculture in Indiana.
Both Carl's and Don's houses were moved about three years ago during relocation for installation of a new type of power plant near Edwardsport. Don's mother preceded Carl in death.
Just last week, word came that Larry Warfel, a former ag teacher and former executive secretary of the Indiana FFA Association, also passed away. Warfel, who guided many of the classes of state officers soon after the Indiana Leadership Center was established at Trafalgar, was only 66.
He presided when the Center was far different than it is today. The large lodge was not built until the mid-'70's. While most FFA officers dedicated the entire year to service back then, there was not a permanent location for them to live. The Indiana State Officer House was built by the Indiana FFA Foundation in the late 1980's.
During Warfel's era, students lived at their own homes part of the time, even though they still devoted the bulk of their time to serving the FFA. One former officer who served under Warfel's leadership said they also spent many nights at Warfel's house, and became good friends with his young children. He was the father of four.
Indiana agriculture will miss these three individuals who donated their time and passion in various ways to promoting and preserving agriculture in Indiana both in their communities and statewide.