In 1960, as a junior in high school, Larry Stoy rented his first farm from Bob Carpenter. Larry’s father, Otis Stoy, was a farmer at the time but on a very small scale. After High school Larry continued to farm and worked full time at Borg Warner in Auburn Indiana. Then in 1964 Larry and Judy Kuckuck were married. Larry and Judy were high school sweet hearts and neighbors. As Larry put it there were three fields and two fence rows between their houses. September 18, 1966 Larry and Judy received their first son Ken. What seems like a short time later on January 31, 1968 son number two, Kevin, was born. Their youngest son Tom was born June 15, 1977. Judy graduated from Ball State as a teacher. She taught 1st, 2nd, 4th and special reading for DeKalb County Eastern School Corporation for 23 years. Larry opted for “30 and out” at the factory. He turned 30 and got out.
That was the early 70’s. Larry is very conservative by nature and never bought in to the new plateau that fence row to fence row farming was to bring. He survived the 70’s by not buying high priced land and expanding at an uncontrolled rate. He also survived by starting a farm drainage business with a neighbor. Dodge and Stoy farm drainage was born. From the late 70’s to the mid 80�����s several neighboring farms became available and the Stoy family acreage expanded to around 1,200 acres. Ken graduated from Angola High School in 1985 and started college at Purdue University in the fall of 1985 studying Ag Mechanization. Kevin graduated from Angola High School in 1986 and started college at Indiana University in the fall of 1986. He studied a variety of business degrees before settling on business management. Tom was still in elementary school but very active in helping on the farm.
During the 80’s Larry, Ken, Kevin and Tom used to “set up��� new equipment for a local Case-IH dealership. Grain drills would pay $175 each and grain heads would pay $200. In the winter of 1988, a local farm owned by Bud and Betty Meyers became available for rent. Ken and Kevin put in a bid on the farm and got it. They took their last check for $1,350 from setting up equipment and opened a farm checking account. Ten years later Ken and Kevin bought that same farm and can now say they own the first farm they ever rented. Both Ken and Kevin were in college with two years until graduation. Neither had any plans to do anything but farm.
In 1990 they rented their second farm which was 300 acres and bought their first farm which was 164 acres. They still had no plans other than to farm. That same year they negotiated with a local vegetable farmer to purchase his equipment and contracts for parsley and potatoes to be supplied to Campbell���s soup in Napoleon, Ohio. They were now “farmers”. Neither one ever worked full time away from the farm coming out of college. The following year in 1991 they rented 1,500 acres from 3 new landlords. They still operate all of the original farms mentioned. Fast forward to 1995, Larry and Judy’s youngest son Tom graduated from Angola High School and started an electronics program at ITT Technical Institute in Fort Wayne Indiana. The following year in 1996 Tom rented his first farm. He still operates that same farm today. Tom had always wanted to farm, but with the rapid acreage expansion his brothers had, he didn���t think it would be possible. He reasoned that with over 240,000 tillable acres in the two counties closest to home, there would be opportunities. He was right. He never took over a farm that was given to him by either Larry or Ken and Kevin.
May 28, 2006 the Stoy family lost Judy to an illness that she had bravely battled for 11 years. Not a day goes by that she is not missed. 2006 was also the last year that Larry was officially a farmer. He chose to retire and leave the headaches of daily management to “the boys”. He still runs the equipment and worries about the weather. In the spring, a tractor and planter are still ���dad’s” and in the fall a combine is also. Dad’s retirement was a bit of a surprise as he was only 63 when he made the decision. Everyone understands and appreciates the fact that we can now consider retiring someday too. There was a bit of uneasiness as dad was always the one who could make sense out of any problem. As time passes, dad’s still there to bounce ideas off. Dad can also claim that his first landlord, Bob Carpenter, was with him until his retirement and now rents his farm to the boys. It is rare in agriculture that two families can approach a 50 year relationship. God has richly blessed the Stoy family. His blessings are bountiful to all who believe. Our family believes God has brought many wonderful families into our lives, for that we are grateful. Some of these people are landlords, some are employees, some are suppliers while others are friends.
Looking to the Future
The Stoy family farming operation has made a commitment to growth and efficiency into the future. That philosophy will not change. We have made significant capital investments toward growth and efficiency. What tomorrow brings is a mystery. We expect to adapt and change and continue to treat people as fairly as we have to get to this point.

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