Dundee beekeeper, honey producer dies in tractor incident
DUNDEE — Alan Ehry, who along with his wife, Marjorie, have tended a Yamhill County apiary — also known as a bee yard — for more than 45 years, died Tuesday afternoon when he was run over by a tractor he was attempting to start.
The incident was reported about 1:10 on the Ehry property at 19500 Highway 99W, according to sheriff's office Capt. Tim Svenson. The 71-year-old Ehry was pronounced dead at the scene.
Svenson gave this account:
Ehry and an adult male were attempting to start the tractor. They had gassed it up and primed the engine without success.
"They got a vehicle," Svenson said. "They were going to jump the battery. They had hooked cables up to the vehicle's battery and to the tractor battery. The engine kicked over.
"They did not realize it was in gear. He (Ehry) was standing in front of one of the back tires. When the tractor moved forward it ran over him."
The individual assisting Ehry was sitting in the driver's seat of the tractor.
The couple is well known throughout the Yamhill Valley and has sold honey out of a self-service kiosk for many years. A honey sign on the Ehry property is visible from the highway.