Farm accident claims 4-H advocate
November 05, 2008BRUCE TWP. — Russell Weyer, a local farmer and supporter of youth agricultural programs, died Thursday, Oct. 30, in an apparent farming accident at his home on Hipp Road.
Weyer, 58, was a longtime advocate for 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 complete.
"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."
Tammy Hyatt, director of Lapeer County's Agri-science Institute and FFA advisor, recalled Weyer as being an integral leader of agricultural programs at the Ed-Tech Center.
Hyatt said she had spoken to Weyer by telephone only an hour or so before his death.
"He had called around noon to discuss the program," said Hyatt. "Russ was a big supporter of our FFA and the alumni group. He never stopped giving back to the community and to the kids.
"He would always do whatever he could to help," she said. "That was his mission in life. He would give the shirt off his back to help young people."
Hyatt said plans are already under way to create a memorial scholarship in recognition of Weyer's many contributions to agricultural education.
"He gave so much to the community and to the kids," she said. "He will be sadly missed by all of us."
Born April 25, 1950 in Almont, Weyer was the son of Ralph and Maxine (Muma) Weyer. A 1968 graduate of Almont High School, he worked at the Schriber farm in Thornville after graduation, later returning to Romeo to operate his own farm.
Weyer held a state farmer degree, was a member of the alumni and was awarded the Star State Farmer award in 1968. He was a 4-H member since childhood, and often showed his own dairy cattle at local fairs and shows. Weyer's affiliation with 4-H included council membership for several years and he was swine superintendent for three years.
Married to Connie Ecklund Wise in 1992, Weyer had seven 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. He also had two grandchildren; Brian Jr. and Kaline Mulholland, both of Romeo.
Funeral services were held Monday at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont. Pastor Jerry Schriber officiated, with burial in Scotch Settlement Cemetery in Almont.