By Mary Clarkin - The Hutchinson News - firstname.lastname@example.org Sun-bronzed arms, sweat-soaked shirts, and dust-spritzed faces distinguished the wheat-harvest crew Thursday morning in western Reno County. But what Charlotte Schmucker saw were "tender hearts." Schmucker's husband, Larry Schmucker, 69, a farmer and longtime high school basketball coach, died in February. With the Schmucker wheat crop ripening on about 180 acres, Charlotte Schmucher said, "I thought, 'I need some help.'" A nephew, Kelly Schmucker, and Jack Farney helped spearhead a harvest by volunteers. The farm flotilla consisted of five combines, two grain carts, and at least five semi tractor-trailers. "Nice, clean wheat," said Tom Schweizer, admiringly, as he drove a combine on a field near Sterling and Clark Road. Schweizer farms with family members, and he downplayed what was taking place in the Schmucker fields. When a farm family experiences death or a setback, neighbors help harvest the crop, Schweizer said, noting that Larry Schmucker used to do that for others. Many of the volunteers heard the call for help at Sterling Evangelical Bible Church, where Schmucker had been a lifelong member and where Jack Farney is an elder. "That's what the church is for," said Sharonna Nuest, to bring Jesus to the people who need help. Those in the fields bore surnames of the area: Nuest and Slifer, Farney and Wagler, Geist and White, Schweizer and Schmucker. For the harvesters, Charlotte Schmucker had 20 individually bagged lunches. She described her order from the Dutch Kitchen: Cowboy burgers, French fries, cherry pie. Besides the harvest, Charlotte Schmucker was also getting ready for the impending visit of her only child, Jonathan Schmucker and his wife, Ericah, who live in Virginia and are expecting a baby. "Sometimes, I say I'm OK," Charlotte Schmucker said, but her voice ranged from clear, to hesitant, to barely a whisper as she watched the harvesters. "Good things do come back. He's smiling, and he's very thankful," Charlotte Schmucker said. "The favor was returned for me," she said, pausing,"for him."