D r. Kenneth D. Weide, 79, of Lincoln, Nebraska died Sunday, March 31, 2013, just 49 days shy of his 80 th birthday. He was born at the Horton, Kansas Hospital on May 19, 1933, the only child of Vertis C. and Bernice J. (Randolph) Weide.
In 1940, they moved to Topeka, Kansas and he graduated from Topeka High School in 1951. He attended Kansas State University where he received his Bachelor of Science (1956), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1958) and Master of Science (1958). Following private practice in Platte City, Missouri, he attended Michigan State University where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1962. While working on his Ph.D. he was on the faculty of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station from 1959 to 1962. Dr. Weide returned to Kansas State where he was Associated Professor of Pathology and the first Director of the KSU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. In 1967 he was appointed head of the Department of Veterinary Science and first Director of the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University. Dr. Weide was credited with originating animal disease diagnostic laboratory services in both Kansas and South Dakota. In 1971, he was appointed the first Extension Veterinarian for the State of Arizona and in 1973 became the third Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was appointed the first Executive Director of the Western Veterinary Conference in 1984, a position he held for 14 years. He retired in 1998 and moved to Lincoln in 2002 to be closer to his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Thelma F. (Yung) Weide. He is survived by his daughter, Kim C. Weide of Lincoln, Nebraska: two sons, William C. Weide and his wife, Laurie (Ohlson) and granddaughter, Paige Weide all of Portland, Oregon and Lee R. Weide and his wife, Jennifer (Martin) and grandsons, Ryan and Kyle Weide all of Crete, Nebraska.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Morrill Cemetery in Morrill, Kansas. The Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia Sabetha, Kansas 66534 in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the family for the future creation of a memorial at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and therapists at Bryan West Medical Center and HoriSun Hospice for their exceptional care and kindness.