White County farmer gets his final wish

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A farm off Morehouse Road in White County has been in the Morehouse family for 150 years.

Since the 1950s, Don Morehouse has been running the show.

“My mother was born in this house, and this is where we raised our family,” said Don.

In November of 2012, Don’s health began to decline. Despite multiple trips to The Mayo Clinic, doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. However, there was one thing Don did know.

“I was going to go to Mayo for tests and things, and I thought when I got out of that combine that time, that might be the end of it,” said Don.

“I can tell you where I was in the field when he said he couldn’t come back and drive anymore,” said Don’s son Doug. “So, it’s been tough.”

Don and his wife moved to Westminster Village that year, and all he could talk about was how he’d give anything for just one last ride in the tractor.

At that moment, Westminster Wishes, a program that grants wishes to residents, knew they had to step in.

“We knew that it was probably going to be the last opportunity for him to get in a tractor, and we felt that it was our obligation to see if we could grant that for him,” said Jordan Morrow of Westminster Village.

Monday, after months of planning and secret keeping, that wish was finally granted.

“I just thought we were coming out here to look at the crops and look around a little bit and go back home,” said Don.

“We got up there and I said, ‘dad, we’re going to go put on some ammonia,'” said Doug. “Dad said, ‘we’re just going to ride around the lot, right?’ I said no, we’re going out to the field. So, that’s when it hit, I think, that that’s what we were going to do.”

“It felt like old times,” said Don. “Just the freedom of it and being out in the fresh air. I wish I could do it again.”

“It felt great,” said Doug. “It was good to have him back.”

To the people at Westminster Village, Prompt Ambulance Service, and his family, Don said he’s forever grateful they even gave him the chance.

“I appreciate them making this my day,” said Don. “I won’t forget this Father’s Day.”

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