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Community mourns loss of well-known marine and farmer

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MURPHYSBORO -- Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to mourn the loss of Benjamin Arbeiter.

The marine and farmer died Saturday near Murphysboro, when he was pinned by a tractor. 

Parts of Main street in Murphysboro shut down Wednesday as the funeral procession for Arbeiter rolled through town.

Led by antique tractors driven by fellow farmers, the motorcade made it's way to Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery north of town.

"His old bib overalls and working out in the field, he was just so unique in so many ways," said family friend Roger Twenhafel.

Twenhafel calls the huge show of support a reflection of Ben's personality.

"He didn't know a stranger and you could tell that today by the crowd that we had for him," added Twenhafel.

The marine was laid to rest with full military honors, including a three-volley salute, and the playing of "Taps."

"Once a marine always a marine, and you know, he lived by that," said family friend Mark Fager.

As hundreds of Arbeiter's friends and family said their final goodbyes, they'll remember the fun loving farmer, soldier, husband and son who touched the lives of so many.

"He was buried right next to his great grandfather so he was right at home where he's at," added Twenhafel.

Now the life so many say was taken too early will rest easy next to the fields he's called home for most of his life.

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