DANIEL J. WIELAND, 53, of Ellsworth, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 21, 1951, in Charlevoix, the son of Richard and Doris (VanDeventer) Wieland. On July 13, 1974, he married Joni Peterson in Banks Township, where they made their home, currently at Wieland’s Whistling Pines Campground on Wilson Lake.

Dan was a partner in Wieland Dairy Farms and later worked at Friske Orchards.

He was a member of the Antrim County Farm Bureau, Ellsworth Lions Club (past King Lion), Michigan Township Association, Antrim County Township Association (president). Dan served as Banks Township supervisor from 1991-2005. He was Banks Township assessor for many years and served on Banks Township Fire & Rescue, and the Ellsworth Community School Board.

Dan loved snowmobiling (Guys, Gals and Geezers) and was an avid fan of John Deere farm equipment.

Surviving are his wife, Joni; children, Josh Wieland of Houghton, Jamie Wieland and friend, Ryan Fischer, of Central Lake; his parents, Richard and Doris Wieland, of Englewood, Fla.; sisters, Kathy (Marvin) Ruis of Beaver Island and Suzanne (John) Cliff of Louisville, Ky.; brother, Lindon (Barb) Wieland, of Fayette, Ohio; mother-in-law, Isabel Peterson, and brother-in-law, Chuck Peterson, both of Ellsworth, sister-in-law, Ruth Cunningham, of El Segundo, Calif.; and niece, Lori (Brian) Frohock, of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his father- in-law, Okey Peterson, and brother-in-law, Gary Peterson.

His funeral was held Sept. 7 at Belltower Reformed Church. Burial took place in Ellsworth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellsworth Lions Club or to the Ellsworth Community School Library Fund.