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Tractor restorer killed when machine rolls over on him

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Illinois man John Hoffman, who made name for himself through his restoration work with John Deere machinery, was killed recently when a tractor he was unloading rolled over on him. He was 60.

The Northwest Herald said that Hoffman, who was also a farmer, was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports show that local fire/rescue personnel responded at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Hoffman’s obituary depicts him in a Deere hat, and videos posted there showed him with some of his beloved tractors. Dozens of people have expressed their condolences.

Click here to see the 1922 John Deere Waterloo Boy Model N tractor that Hoffman restored, which was on display at last year’s Gathering of the Green event in Davenport, Iowa.

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