ST. JOSEPH, Mich. -- The movement has lost a venerable leader. David Weichhand, president/CEO of United Federal Credit Union, died unexpectedly on Oct. 29, 2006 from natural causes at the age of 50.
Weichhand's 27-year career with the $498 million CU included assistant manager of support services, branch manager of the Marion, Ohio branch, and vice president of member services. He had served as president/CEO of United FCU since November 1988. On Oct. 1, 2006, Weichhand led the former First Resource Federal Credit Union to successfully complete a merger with United Federal Credit Union. The CU now serves more than 51,000 members.
The industry veteran served at all levels in the movement including on CUES' Financial Operations Advisory Committee and as the organization's Michigan counsel officer. Weichhand was also a member of the UltraData Systems CEO Forum, a founding member of the Technology Research Consortium, and he served on the Allied Solutions Advisory Board. At the Michigan Credit Union League, he served on both the executive committee and the governmental affairs committee.
Duane Nelson, executive vice president of member services, is now serving as interim CEO. The CU said it is currently conducting a national search for a permanent CEO.
"As a leader, professional, community supporter, friend, churchman, and family man, Dave will be missed greatly. We mourn our loss. But we are confident and committed to ensure that his legacy will live on," the CU said.
Weichhand is survived by his wife Beth, and four adult children, Sarah, Becky, Laura and Josh. --firstname.lastname@example.org