CLEVELAND, Ohio — Robert “Bob” Weisdack, Geauga County health commissioner, died last week from complications from COVID-19. He was 70 years old.
Weisdack died Friday after a three-week battle with COVID-19, according to an obituary posted by Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors. The obituary did not mention whether he had received a vaccine against the coronavirus.
Weisdack served as commissioner for the Geauga County health department for 19 years. According to his obituary, he has served as an epidemiologist, registered sanitation and administrator throughout his career.
His tenure as health commissioner came to an end in 2018, when the county’s health board voted to terminate his contract, according to WKYC-Channel 3.
A month earlier, Weisdack had been named as a defendant in a whistleblowing lawsuit brought by a former employee. The former employee, Rebecca Buddenberg, said in the lawsuit that she was bullied for speaking out about unfair pay practices between men and women. Buddenberg also accused Weisdack of awarding himself a no-bid tire contract without approval from the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office. The case is still pending in federal court.
Weisdack grew up in Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania. He had been married to Carol Rieck since 1976, and according to his obituary, they had four children.
Visitation for Weisdack will be held Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Fleming & Billman Funeral Home in Jefferson, Ohio. A funeral service will follow immediately at 6 p.m
Floral contributions can be made to the Sharpsville Nazarene Church or the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association.