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Minnesota Man Paints Tractor Pink In Memory Of His Wife

Updated on July 16, 2012

The love that a man has in memory of his wife can be expressed in many ways, but would you have thought of painting a tractor pink? Well this one Minnesota man by the name of Karth Mitchell did. You see Karth’s wife died of breast cancer at the age of 46 in February of 2012, and every year Big Lake, MN has a ‘Spud Festival’ parade, and Karth wanted his tractor to be in the parade. All sorts of tractors are showcased in the parade: green, orange and red – but never pink.

Three months before the parade, Karth would work in the warehouse preparing the tractor to make its grand entrance. Karth admits that, “It’s hard”… that is without his wife. He says she was too young to die (of breast cancer). Her name was Laura, and he had her name written on the gas tank part of the tractor. It read, “Miss Laura,” The handwriting was so pretty – made you forget about the pink color. In fact, seems as if the tractor was supposed to be pink.


When the final product is finished, Karth says, “This giveth the healing process.” Karth helps us all deal with death by memorializing his wife publicly. Can you imagine, Karth going to the garage every day to ‘pamper’ the tractor and continue to acknowledge his love toward his deceased wife, Laura.


Laura probably has a big smile on her face as she rests in peace. Did Laura know that her death would draw so much attention? Laura must have been some kind of lady. She had to be a beautiful lady for her husband to go to such great lengths to let the world know that he loved her. Do you think Karth cared about what others would think? It really didn't matter because Karth spent hours on hours working the tractor.


My heart goes out to Karth. When he fixed the tractor up, he had two seats built onto it – one for him and the other for her. As Karth (and don’t you just love his name) continues to go through the healing process, there will be good days and bad days. But Karth should be proud of himself because he has changed the world. Now we see the world with 'pink' tractors. More women will embrace the farming life; more women will ride tractors.


If someone has died in your life that you loved very deeply, maybe it’s your husband or wife; maybe it’s your mother or father or maybe your brother or sister; or even a precious baby. You can be like Karth and keep their memory alive by doing something special that will always be remembered.

Remember this, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal.”

2012 Bread & Butter Trade Fair - Berlin, Germany
2012 Bread & Butter Trade Fair - Berlin, Germany | Source


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    Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

    Beautiful story! I am inspired by people who continue find meaning in life, even after great loss. Thanks for sharing.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    How sweet of this man to pay such a lovely tribute to his wife. She probably is smiling from heaven's door. Hope his message reaches those who need to be aware of breast cancer as well.

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    Sima Ballinger 5 years ago from Michigan

    Hi moonlake, first off, I am sorry to hear about your sister-in-law fighting breast cancer - I am sure it's not easy. I thought that this farmer from Minnesota really nailed it when he gave tribute to his wife by Painting his tractor pink. Thanks for your input - you're the first!

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    What a nice hub. Really liked reading about the pink tractor. My sister-in-law lives in MN and has been fighting breast cancer. Vote up and more.