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VRIES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-22 published
Farm deaths 'very sad'
Weekend accidents kill two in Perth County
By Joe BELANGER, Tues., April 22, 2008
Perth County's farming community is reeling after two of its own were killed in weekend accidents.
The deaths have agriculture officials urging farmers to take fewer risks at a time when the pressure's on to get in their spring planting.
"It's very, very sad," said Andy DE VRIES, an Ontario Federation of Agriculture director for Perth North.
"It's just devastating for the whole community to have something like that happen."
Glen MILLS, 44, of Blanshard Ward, was killed Sunday when he fell into a liquid manure tank and drowned.
Russell KIPFER/KUEPFER, 40, of Milverton, was killed Saturday when he was crushed beneath a cultivator he was working on.
Perth Ontario Provincial Police said MILLS was doing chores on his dairy farm on Perth Line 6 about 6: 45 p.m. when there was a problem with the tank.
MILLS used a ladder to climb into the tank to try shutting off a valve and slipped off the ladder into the pit, which contained about 450,000 litres of manure, police said.
"Family members attempted to locate Mr. MILLS, and when they found him in the pit, they pulled him out of the pit and attempted to resuscitate him, but attempts were unsuccessful," said Const. Glen CHILDERLEY.
MILLS was transported to Saint Marys Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Saturday, police were called to a report of a man crushed under a cultivator at 3: 30 p.m. on Duke Street in Brunner.
Police said KIPFER/KUEPFER had rented a shop to work on the cultivator and was under it when the hydraulic bottle jack gave out, pinning KIPFER/KUEPFER.
A friend stopped by the shop, found KIPFER/KUEPFER and called emergency services.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene but were unable to revive KIPFER/KUEPFER, who was pronounced dead at the scene by a coroner.
DE VRIES said many farm-related injuries and deaths occur during the spring planting or fall harvest because of the workload.
"When the weather's nice and you've got a lot of work to do, it's go, go, go," said DE VRIES, who operates a poultry farm in Elma Ward in northern Perth.
"A lot of it comes down to maybe making short cuts. But you've still got to use common sense."

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VRIJER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-04 published
WAUD- GRIMBLEBY, Isabella Grace
Our precious little angel, Isabella Grace arrived and went to heaven at 10: 42 a.m. on March 1, 2008. She left us far too soon, but will remain forever in our hearts. Beloved daughter of Teri WAUD and Scott GRIMBLEBY and baby sister of our darling Madelyn. Forever cherished by grandparents Lorne and Debbie WAUD and Uncle Aaron and Aunt Hilary of Ingersoll, and also by grandparents Bruce and Beverly GRIMBLEBY and Aunt Cheryl of Markham. Dearly loved by great-grandparents Dan and Helen SHEARON of Ingersoll, Margaret WAUD of Embro, and many extended family members and Friends. Many thanks to Doctor B. DE VRIJER and the staff of Saint_Joseph's Hospital, London, and Doctor L. BRUCE of Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll, for their exceptional care and consideration. A private memorial service will be held at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home, 177 Dundas Street, Thamesford on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the Fetal Development Clinic c/o the Perinatal and Women's Health Fund, at Saint_Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 801 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario N6C 5J1

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