By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Dundee beekeeper dies in tractor accident

The 71-year-old beekeeper was trying to start the tractor at his residence, at 19500 Highway 99W, when it lurched forward and ran over him, according to Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Svenson. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1 p.m.

Svenson said Ehry and an adult male relative were attempting to start a balky tractor, but without success.

“They got a vehicle,” Svenson said. “They were going to jump the battery.

They hooked up cables to the vehicle’s battery and the tractor battery, and the engine kicked over. They didn’t realize it was in gear.”

He said Ehry was standing in front of one of the tractor’s back tires, which knocked him down and ran over him when the tractor lurched forward. He said the relative was sitting in the driver’s seat emerged unscathed.

The sheriff’s office investigated, Svenson said, but determined it was nothing more than a “freak and tragic” accident.

The Ehrys are well known in the Yamhill Valley.

They have sold honey out of a self-service kiosk for many years, and have a large honey sign visible from the highway. The couple also founded Auction Masters and Appraisals in 1988. Both grew up with parents involved in the auction business.

Marjorie Ehry has been active in politics and public affairs, and served several years on the county planning commission.

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