MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A small Minnesota community is mourning the loss of an 18-year-old football star who died in a silo accident Saturday.

Craig Wiechmann’s body was found pinned inside a silo on his family’s farm just outside Melrose, Minn.

Leroy Ludwig, Wiechmann’s cousin, said that on Friday night Wiechmann was communicating on Facebook. Ludwig said it’s hard for him to believe his cousin is gone.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, they were called to the family’s farm in Millwood Township shortly before 4 p.m. They found Wiechmann dead in the silo.

“He was out for the family,” Ludwig said. “He was out for his friends. He really cared a lot.”

Ludwig said his cousin was full of life and had a caring spirit.

Wiechmann was a studnet and an athlete at Melrose High School. One look at his Facebook page and you can see he was well liked and respected.

Friends and classmates paid their respects on the social media website over the weekend.

One person wrote: Thinking of you and that great smile of yours.You will be missed by many.

Ludwig said he does not know the circumstances that lead to Wiechmann’s death. All he knows is that he will be missed.

“He was a great worker; he helped on the farm all the time,” Ludwig said. “He always made time for family, always made time for his friends.”

Ludwig said many in the family believed Wiechmann would one day take over the family farm.

Comments (9)
  1. Grant N says:

    Craig was a superb athlete and an even better friend. He would go out of his way to help anyone that needed it and would never complain about it. When times got tough, he would stay strong and continue to fight; he was a true leader. The Melrose/ St. Rose area lost a true legend and saint this weekend that had touched so many so many lives. Although he may be gone, his legacy will continue to live on. Craig, it was an honor and a privilege to be your friend and having the opportunity to play football and softball with you. Hope heaven is treating you well and thanks for all the memories. God Bless and take care!

    Sincerely, Grant N

  2. HDMC says:

    Mike,thank you for chiming in with your narcissistic self-righteous agenda, your PSA is duly noted.

    My prayers go out to the family and friends of Craig and their community.

    “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
    – Dwight D. Eisenhower

    1. Farmer's Daughter says:

      Excellent retort and choice of quotes. Well done.

  3. md says:

    What I think would be best is if you guys stopped going back and forth at each other, and took a moment to realize that this isn’t about either of you. It’s about Craig and his family and this page should be respected.

  4. jackactionhero says:

    I hope the family is able to find some peace after enduring such a tragedy.

    It is every parent’s nightmare that their child’s life ends before their own. Profoundly devastating.

    My thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man.

  5. Kylie Doege says:

    I feel really bad about this…Craig is my cousin and I’ve never taken the time to get to know him…I feel terrible and he shouldn’t have left the earth this way. I love you Craig! Im so sorry I had to hear about you this way… :,(

  6. Carl Winters says:

    at least this young boy died doing what he loved…

  7. Tyrell says:

    Craig was the best guy i new. the day i told him i was going to play football he tackled me and he had his great smile going and i was just so happy you cant put this into words but CRAIG WIECHMANN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lives on in our minds and in our heart may he rest in peace craig hope to see you soon buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R.I.P my friend you will never be forgotten by anyone love ya man

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