James Russell “Russ” Weiser, age 68, of West Mansfield, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in his home with his family at his side following a three-year fight with cancer.
A retired deputy sheriff, Russ served with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department from May 1982 through August 2012. He was the Chief of Police for the Village of West Mansfield from 1970-1975 and was the co-owner of L&R Construction with his father-in-law, LeRoy Kerns, from 1971-1981. He graduated from Buckeye Local High School in 1963.
Russ coached his first baseball team in 1967 and continued coaching every season and level from t-ball to high school until 2007, when he decided to just be a Grandpa and coach from his lawn chair behind home plate. He was proud to have established with his brother-in-law, Allan Kerns, in 1995 the Logan County Travel Baseball team. He loved everything about the game and especially appreciated how hard the kids worked and improved. He was a 23 year member of the Ben Logan Chain Gang and was a proud member of the NRA. He loved to hunt and shoot targets at his brother’s property and was especially proud to have taught his grandchildren to shoot. A simple man, Russ loved his family (especially his grandkids), his work and his country.
He was born August 28, 1945, in Kenton to the late James Elliott and Elizabeth “Lib” Penhorwood Weiser. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, LeRoy and Juanita Kerns, and a brother-in-law, Don Goodwin.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Judith Ann Allard-Kerns Weiser, to whom he was married on July 30, 1966, at the Bethel United Methodist Church; his children, Alanda (Mark) Hilty and Chris (Stacy) Weiser, each of West Mansfield; five grandchildren, Dwyte Hilty, Megan (Cody) Hayter, Melina Hilty, Derek Weiser, and Tommy Weiser; a great-granddaughter, Addison Hayter; his sister, Linda Goodwin, Hamilton; his brother, Denny (Susie) Weiser, West Mansfield; 2 brothers-in-law, Allan (Sandy) Kerns, Woodstock, GA; and Roger Kerns, Springfield; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where the Logan County Sheriff’s Department will serve as honor guard. A celebration of Russ’ life will begin at 11:00 am on Friday at the funeral home and burial will take place at York Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Benjamin Logan Athletic Boosters or Universal Home Health & Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.