The body of an eastern Nebraska man who was influential in farming and county government was recovered from a pond near Clatonia on Thursday night.
Sixty-eight-year-old Wayne Brinkmeyer was found by Clatonia Fire says Rescue personnel, according to Gage County Attorney Roger Harrris.
“He would do anything for anybody,” Harris says. “He and Marilee gave so much.”
Brinkmeyer was a long-time former chairman of the Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission and his wife, Marilee, served as a member of the Beatrice Board of Education for several years.
Harris says investigators were on the scene to determine what happened.
“It appears he was doing maintenance on a piece of irrigation equipment that’s in the pond,” Harris says. “We’re not sure, that’s why an autopsy was requested. It looks like he may’ve slipped either getting out of his boat or on the platform.”
Harris says the investigators will try to determine whether there was a medical problem, though he says it does not appear that was a factor.
Brinkmeyer was heavily involved in agricultural issues that affect area farmers.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice