Fundraising sites established for Pierre man presumed drowned in Missouri River

July 9, 2020

PIERRE, S.D.–A fundraising website has been established for the family of a 37-year-old man from Pierre who is still missing and is presumed to have drowned Friday afternoon on the Missouri River south of the Oahe Dam.

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

Weber jumped into the river to save his eight-year-old son who had fallen from a boat. The child was rescued by a nearby boat. Weber, who was not wearing a life jacket, was swept away by the river’s current.

Weber’s body has not been found, despite extensive searches.

Weber was the Hughes County Chief Deputy Sheriff and served in the South Dakota National Guard in Iraq and Afghanistan.