Remembering Mr. Weede: Cherokee students honor former principal killed in weekend accident
A Siouxland community comes together tonight to honor a longtime educator who killed in a car accident this past weekend.
Thursday night, members of the the Cherokee girl's varsity basketball team and community honored the man who spent so many years helping others.
One thing Mr. Weede was known for, was his colorful ties and students say he had hundreds of them and rarely wore the same one twice.
At Thursday night's game, the team and the community honored one of their biggest fans with his favorite accessory and made the necktie a part of their special salute.
He was the principal at Cherokee's middle school for more than three decades.
His kind heart and contagious personality stood him out from the rest because he wasn’t just a principal to his students but a friend.
Payton Slaughter/Had Mr. Weede as Principal
"He was awesome. He always had that joke that if he didn’t know someone's name he would give them a free gatorade. Kids would always ask and he'd never got them wrong either," said Cherokee senior basketball player, Payton Slaughter.
"Mr. Weede was a caring guy. He cared so much about his students. He wanted to grow relationships with his students. He always was viable a helping hand and always tried to help the situation," said Cherokee High School Principal, Wade Riley.
Weede’s last year in the district was in 2015 but he remained a familiar face always attending sporting events and cheering students on.
"He was always here at the games. He was always up in the balcony with his wife. They’d always support Cherokee athletics," said Principal Riley.
The seniors on Cherokee's girls basketball team all had him as their principal in middle school and they say tonight’s game is for him.
"We're going to play for him tonight," said Slaughter.
They even had shirts made for him that they’ll wear tonight in honor of him.
"We all knew that he had crazy ties that’s what we remembered him through middle school. He had hundreds of ties. He always said he can’t count how many he has," said the senior basketball players.
That memorial reaching into the stands as well with plenty of ties on display there.
Three other people were in the car Saturday morning, including two kids.
None of them were seriously hurt.
Funeral services for Mr. Weede are still pending at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.