October 29, 2008 BRUCE TWP. — Russell Weyer, a well-known farmer and supporter of youth agricultural programs, died Oct. 30 in an apparent farming accident at his home on Hipp Road.
Weyer, 58, was a longtime advocate of 4-H and FFA programs in Lapeer County, regularly spearheading educational opportunities for young people at the Lapeer County Ed-Tech Center.
Macomb County Sheriff Capt. John Roberts said Weyer was discovered by family members at around 1:25 p.m. Early reports suggested that the victim may have had a heart attack, although results of an autopsy scheduled for Friday were not immediately available.
"We believe it was an accident," said Roberts. "He had been working on a corn conveyer, and parts of his clothing became entangled in the conveyer."
Weyer is survived by his wife Connie, his children Robb of Imlay City, Rachel of Romeo, Rebekah (Brandon) Bertram of Marlette, Sarah Wise of Romeo, Ralph of Marlette, Russell of Romeo and David Wise of Romeo; grandchildren Brian Jr. and Kaline Mulholland, both of Romeo.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 2, from 2-8 p.m. with funeral services Monday, November 3 at 1 p.m. at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont. Pastor Jerry Schriber will officiate. Burial will be made in Scotch Settlement Cemetery. Residents are welcome to share their thoughts with the family at www.MuirBrother.com.
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