Owner of Tree Removal Company Dies in Shredder Accident

A man died Tuesday evening in a work-related accident while placing tree branches into a shredder at a home near 24 Mile and Mound roads.

The owner of a Shelby Township-based tree removal company was killed Tuesday evening in a work-related accident while removing trees from a private residence near 24 Mile and Mound roads.

Shelby Township Lt. Stan Muszynski said the man was sucked into an industrial wood shredder as he placed tree branches inside. A neighbor found the man already dead around 9:30 p.m.

The man's name has not been released. However, Muszynski, said the victim owned Fellas Tree Company, which is listed at 25 Mile Road in Shelby Township.

Calls placed to Fellas Tree Company were unanswered Wednesday.

Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Very sad story. My heart goes out to the man's family.
Dennis June 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
O.M.G. how horrible.... I've talked to that man before about buying firewood from his place at 25 and Van Dyke. Godspeed to his family.
Bryan June 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Gneight B June 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Wow! I actually feel bad for you. To look at this story and think "the gene pool is better without him" is a suitable response is something I could never fathom. The fact that you even think that, let alone post that really says much to your character. I would hate to go through life thinking the way you think. I apologize for having to respond, because this is a section that should be offering condolences not jeers. I didn't know the person, nor do I know you. I would never wish ill on either. However, R.I.P to the lost, and condolences to the family.
Kimberly P June 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Our deepest sympathy to all involved. No one ever expects such horrible tragedy to strike when doing one's job. This is why "accident" is used for explanition. My family saw the entire crew doing a wonderful job triming very large trees at our next door residence. God bless everyone, our neighbors, police and fire department, and cleaning crew, who treated the entire scene with such respect and grace for the gentlemen who lost his life .
renee Frangedakis June 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
What an insensitive comment you have left here. Shame on you! This is not something that you say when someone has tragically died. Or for any reason for that matter. Words are containers of power and I hope that your words do not come around and turn on you. You are inhumane and insensitive. We own a tree service and my thoughts and prayers go out to the owner's family. This profession is dangerous and a risk to anyone involved. It is amazing how many people disregard what is involved. I think the world might be better if the gene pool eliminated you and your comments. Think next time before you publicly leave your insults and slurs.
renee Frangedakis June 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I am sorry for your loss Kelle. My husband knew your cousin and we are saddened at your loss and for his family. Our business is a dangerous one, and I always say my prayers before my husband and son leave to do tree work. People minimize the dangers of what we do. I am glad you put that pathetic person in his place.
Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 06:53 PM
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John Lang June 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
My wife tells me that this man also did some work over at our place some years back. Condolences to his family on losing him so suddenly. I also admire people who do this kind of work. I wouldn't get within 50 feet of one of those machines. The person who made the insensitive comment at the top of this thread is a small person indeed.
Jeffery Berz June 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
My deepest condolences to this mans wife and co-workers. Very sad.
Deanna D June 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Im soo sorry to hear this news he was a great guy indeed. Wow Im still in shock
Melanie Sanchez June 28, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Thank you for all of the heart warming comments! Our family thanks you for your prayers as we walk out the next few days and months!
Gail Stewart June 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Fella's tree service has done tree removal work for us numerous times & he was very polite & professional. My thoughts & prayers goes out to his family during this terrible time. Such a nice guy...too young to be gone.....
Angela Freeman June 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
This man was a wonderful son and father. I had the pleasure of being his banker years ago. He was a very hard working man. I recently spoke with him at CVS and he was beaming while updating me on his daughters. He was so very proud. He will be missed. My sincere condolences go out to his mother and family and his friends.
Shannon June 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM
I'm so very sorry to hear such horrible news. Fellas did much work for my parents and myself several times and they always went above and beyond to do a wonderful job! My prayers go out to the family and friends...
Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Hi Melanie, I am looking to speak to the victim's family members. Can you please email me at marina.cracchiolo@patch.com? Thank you.
Meghan M. June 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Our most sincere condolences go out to his family. We were wondering if there has been any kind of fund started for the family... He was a good customer and we would like to help the family out in this time of need. Does anyone know of a memorial service or who to contact? We did not want to bother the family for the information.
Meghan M. July 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
For those who are interested, we contacted the funeral home to inquire about any sort of fund to help this family in their time of need. The family is accepting donations. Check are to be made out to his mother, Shirley Geverink and mailed to: Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home 8459 Hall Road Utica, MI 48317 *In care of Darrin Shawn Needham*
Angela Bakeman August 18, 2012 at 03:49 AM
My heart goes out to your family.My husband does this kind of work as well, and I worry about him a lot.
Carolyn Harrington August 20, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I just tried to call Shawn to have him do some more landscape work, like I've done probably 25 times over the years. I am so saddened to hear of his accident. He was wonderful to both my mother and me. He always went over and beyond what was expected. He absolutely loved his mother and girls. He was truly one of a kind and one of my favorite people. Carolyn Harrington
Michelle December 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Please be careful sending funds. Contact family directly if you can. There are a lot of scam artist . So very sorry for your loss.
Avery Schlacter April 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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