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Going home

We finished the 2010 harvest season with great success. We left on a cold and overcast day from South Dakota on November 27 for the last time this year, and it felt good. After a three-week stay in a hotel we were all ready to head south into that wonderful, warm sunshine we call home in beautiful Oklahoma. Dad, above all, was the most grateful.

We arrived back in Elk City on the November 28 and were greeted with the warmest night we’d had in a month. Our friends from the local John Deere dealership were one of the first ones we all went to visit. He let us borrow his own Gator to help us get dad around easier and he absolutely loved it. Once he was in, he didn’t want to get out. He rode for four or five hours in the 65-degree sunshine, it was such a great day.

The first week being back home usually is pretty quiet. We relax and recuperate from the long trip and that’s exactly what we did. Since dad’s accident in October we have spent an incredible amount of time together, laughing and just relaxing. It seems as though that time was a blessing in disguise.

On December 7, we took my daddy to the emergency room here in Elk City because he was complaining about one of his legs. After deliberation the doctors decided he had a blood clot and a few pieces of the clot had moved into his chest area. He was immediately admitted into the ICU. When he was transferred to the bed in the ICU the movement dislodged part of the clot, moving into his lungs. This caused him to lose consciousness and required CPR.  Everyone at the hospital did all they could for over 90 minutes – his heart just didn’t want to quit.

He fought hard, but daddy passed away.

December 11 was his funeral and he was buried in the Elk City Catholic Cemetery. I can’t believe how blessed we were to have such a wonderful man in our lives. I knew it before, but Saturday was a great reminder of just how wonderful my father really was. Numbers of people kept coming from all over the country. Montana, South Dakota, Michigan and Washington were some of the furthest. Most of the past hired workers we have had, as well as fellow custom harvesters attended.

He not only made an imprint in my life, his family’s lives, his friends’ lives, but I believe in everyone’s lives. I can only be thankful that I had the opportunity to publish the 2010 harvest season, and let all of you have the privilege to know this wonderful man.

He is my hero, inspiration, and a great blessing in my life, and I know I was only one of many.

Thank you to all who made it possible.

May Ron Misener’s (daddy’s) soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Be safe and God bless.  –Emma Misener of Misener Family Harvesters

A full obituary may be found online at

Emma's Fall Harvest 2010

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  • Jenna
    Posted at 22:37h, 13 December

    Sending love and prayers to the Misener family. Ron was a great, great man and I speak for all of the Z's when saying we were blessed to have known him. He will be missed by all, especially our one (huge) family – custom harvesters. ♥

  • Holly
    Posted at 23:14h, 13 December


    I'm so sorry for your loss. Long before you wrote this post, I could tell how much you cared for him and how close your family was. We were fortunate to get to know him through your posts all season long. Please know you are in our prayers.

    God Bless!


  • Tracy
    Posted at 06:11h, 14 December

    Thanks, Emma, for your touching post about your dad! It's the reason people come to this site – the sincere, honest sharing of our lives and our families! This was one posting I never expected to see and am still trying to get used to the idea that your dad is gone. He was a great, great man and I will miss him!

  • Chookyblue
    Posted at 07:39h, 14 December

    OMG so sorry to hear the loss of your Dad………….I have followed the blog here for many months now and although i have not really commented I feel like I have traveled thru your harvesting……..
    Life is precious……..grab those memories and remember all the good times you have spent together……….

  • Pam Shmidl
    Posted at 14:08h, 14 December

    Emma and Family,

    What a great tribute to Ron! I am still having a hard time dealing with him being gone. I know the Lord has his reasons, but I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what they are. I know Ron is at peace now and I am sure he and his dad have had a great reunion together. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you now and I know Ron set the foundation for all of you to carry on in his absence. Take care and God bless you all.


  • Ricardo
    Posted at 14:09h, 14 December

    Pesada perda Emma.Colher trigo é uma dádiva de Deus e seu pai está colhendo trigo nos campos do Senhor.
    Eu os conheço atraves do all aboard.Meus sentimentos.

    Ricardo Senteio Rocon from Brazil.

  • Suzy Orr
    Posted at 14:21h, 14 December

    Emma, I have enjoyed reading your posts all season. They clearly showed us how much you loved and respected your father. While I don't know your family personally, my son Jon speaks highly of you all and your amazing work ethic. How lucky you are to have had him as a father..and how you will miss him the days and seasons to come.
    I hope the knowledge that there are many of us out here in computerland mourning with you is some small help.

    Suzy Orr
    PS…what a wonderful you will treasure more as the days go by.

  • Scott
    Posted at 14:24h, 14 December

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Read the book, When Sparrows Fall (And Sparrows Do Fall), it was a help to me.

  • Kyle
    Posted at 17:02h, 14 December

    I am a reader of I live in Portland Oregon but grew up hooking up with a cutting crew out of Medford, Oklahoma to pay for college… It was my passion and following you and your family made me feel like I was back up on the combine all summer. I knew it was a real setback when he first got injured. I am so sorry to hear about your dad.

  • Teresa
    Posted at 15:24h, 15 December

    It was a true blessing to meet your father. I'm grateful for the opportunity he gave me to visit and participate in the '09 harvest very often. Through the warm welcome and many gifts and comforts I received, his generosity made a deep impression on me. It is this quality that I will always remember most about him. May God bless you all.

  • Diana
    Posted at 01:43h, 19 December

    Emma, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though we do not know each other; I feel like I do know you through your HPJ Harvest updates. (Which I enjoyed so much) I admire the closeness of your family. Your posts showed such respect and love for your dad as well as your family. Your dad like mine instilled a great work ethic and it will be with you always. There is not a day goes by that I do not think of my dad and how hard he worked on the farm and with his cattle. They give us so many wonderful memories that stay with us everyday. Love and Prayers to you and your family.

  • Michelle in Hoxie
    Posted at 20:28h, 20 December

    Thank you Emma, for sharing a piece of you and your family with us. Saying an extra prayer for you all this holiday season. God Bless.

  • F Engelke
    Posted at 22:23h, 02 January

    Emma sorry to hear of your loss, may God bless. I followed your harvest all summer reminded me of about 38 years ago for me.

  • Emma Misener
    Posted at 17:39h, 16 May

    I never thought to look at the comments on my posts. From now on, I definitely will look and try to comment on them more often!
    A big THANK YOU to all of you who commented in support and kind words. It has been hard with dad not around, but like he always said, ‘Whatever it takes, lets get it done.’ I know even if he won’t be with me and the rest of the Misener Family in person, there is no doubt in my mind he is here in spirit guiding us through any obstacles we might face this year and those to come.
    Thank you all again and looking forward to this years journey!
    -Emma Misener of Misener Family Harvesters 2011 Summer

  • Ricardo Senteio Rocon
    Posted at 17:11h, 20 May

    Inicio de colheita vai trazer muitas lembranças do seu pai e isto vai te ajudar a fazer um bom trabalho.
    Boa sorte Emma.

    Ricardo Senteio Rocon – Brasil