Oak Grove man dies in tragic farming accident

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OAK GROVE, Mo. -- A farming accident claimed the life of an Oak Grove man over the weekend. Fifty-eight-year-old Rick Timm died Friday evening while working on a baler.

It happened on East Howell Road at about 6:30 on Friday night. Family members say Timm loved two things: His wife Jacque, and tinkering on his tractor.

That night he was working on his tractor when the baler killed him.

"He loved this," Jacque said as she looked around the small farm. Day after day, year after year, Timm spent his free time on the farm.

"This was, I mean it is so tranquil. And he built an arena," Jacque explained.

From building a chicken coop with windows, an arena for his grandkids or stone steps for his wife, family says his heart was always with family on the farm.

"This was where their world was," said Timm's daughter Christy Molby.

"It was like, I never thought I would lose him this young," Jacque said.

After spending his day at work in IT for the Blue Springs School District, Timm spent Friday evening raking the pasture.
Once complete, he hooked the baler up to the tractor, his wife said he never made it in.

"He died doing what he loved best, which was putzing on his tractor," Jacque said.

Family says while oiling the chains underneath the baler, the lift fell, instantly taking Timm's life.

"He loved this place. He loved my mom. He told me that if all he had was mom, he still had everything," Christy said.

It was his wife of 30 years who found him.

"He would tell me we were gonna live till we were 100, but I'd have to live until 101 because I was a year older," she said.

Taken too soon, Jacque says she doesn't question what happened. Now everywhere she looks, there's a memory about the man who loved her and loved his farm.

"He was my best friend, the love of my life and I'm so blessed to have had almost 30 years with the best man I've ever known," Jacque said.

Jacque said Timm was an organ donor. She said someone received his eyes, something she has found peace in as she now knows someone is seeing the world as he did.

Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17th at First Baptist Church, 1405 W. Main Street in Blue Springs. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until service time at the church.

A fund is being set up in Timm's name at Community America Credit Union.

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