By Molly Montag. From Sioux City Journal. Originally posted: September 23, 2014. Original Source.


TRUESDALE, Iowa | A 16-year-old Storm Lake, Iowa, boy who died in a farm accident on Monday will be remembered as an outgoing student with many friends and a love of agriculture.

Conner Weiland, a junior at Alta-Aurelia High School, died while harvesting corn near Truesdale, Iowa. Sheriff’s deputies say he fell into a piece of machinery he was trying to unclog.

The death of the easygoing student known for having a positive attitude was a loss that resonated through the entire school system, school administrators said.

“He had a very bubbly personality,” said Richard Wehde, Alta-Aurelia’s agriculture teacher. “He always had a smile.”

Weiland had many friends in high school, and younger siblings in the district’s middle and elementary schools, said district Superintendent Lynn Evans.

“He was one of those real nice, respectful kids that everybody really liked,” Evans said.

Extra counselors were waiting for students on Tuesday morning. They will stay as long as students need them.

“It impacts an entire community, it really does,” Evans said.

Weiland regularly showed up 15-20 minutes early for first period, a tractor restoration class, so he and his friends could spend extra time on their projects. He painted many of the tractors in the class, said Wehde, the district’s agriculture teacher.

“He was going to be a farmer, I know,” Wehde said. “He loved agriculture, he loved working on the farm, and he always came to class with a smile on his face and eager to work.”

Weiland drove a tractor in the homecoming parade, Wehde said. Last spring, Weiland missed the school’s FFA banquet because he and his family were tending to a cow giving birth.

“That’s the kind of dedication you saw with him,” Wehde said.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 320 Seneca St., Storm Lake. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. A vigil will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, also at the church.