James Russell “Russ” Weiser, 68, of West Mansfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in his home with his family at his side following a three-year fight with cancer.
He was born in Kenton on Aug. 28, 1945, to the late James Elliott and Elizabeth “Lib” Penhorwood Weiser. He was preceded in death by his father- 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 of Hamilton; his brother, Denny (Susie) Weiser of West Mansfield; two brothers-in-law, Allan (Sandy) Kerns of Woodstock, Ga., and Roger Kerns of Springfield; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A retired deputy sheriff, Russ served with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office from May 1982 to August 2012. He was the chief of police for the Village of West Mansfield from 1970 to 1975 and was the co-owner of L&R Construction with his father-in-law, LeRoy Kerns, from 1971 to 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.
Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where deputies will serve as honor guard. A celebration of life is at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial is at York Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Benjamin Logan Athletic Boosters or Universal Home Health & Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed atwww.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.