Standing Watch

Photo: Spearfish Police officer Collin Smith (center) and Hughes County Sheriff's deputies Jess Parsons (left) and Dalton Sack (right) stand vigil at Isburg Funeral Home in Pierre as part of the Casket Watch honor for Lee Weber. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for a Pierre man who drowned in the Missouri River over the Independence Day weekend.

Lee Weber’s funeral will be at 10am at the Steamboat Park Amphitheater in Pierre. Weber was a member of the South Dakota National Guard and a Chief Deputy Sheriff with the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of law enforcement and the South Dakota National Guard are taking turns standing vigil at the Isburg Funeral Home until the service. Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says it’s called “Casket Watch.”

Weber jumped into the river July 3 to save his eight-year-old son who had fallen from a moving boat. The child was saved by a nearby boater. Weber wasn’t wearing a life jacket and was swept away by the river’s current. His body was found the afternoon of July 9.

A GoFundMe page has been established for Weber’s family. It says donations will be used to assist with memorial expenses, daily expenses that come with raising six children and future educational expenses. In addition to the fundraising website, the Lee Weber Memorial Account has been established at BankWest.