The  Shelbyville  Republican
April 13, 1959
Donald Bane, 26,
Killed as Big Tree
Falls on Buldozer
          A Jackson county father of four children was killed late Saturday when a large tree he was attempting to move with a bulldozer fell upon him in Washington township.
          Dead is Donald Bane, 26, R.R. 1, Cortland. Mr. Bane was pinned in the cab of the bulldozer when the tree, estimated as two feet in diameter, fell on the machine. Death was attributed to a skull fracture and Mr. Bane was said to have died instantly.
          The victim was an employe of the  Charles Lutes  Bulldozing Co. of Columbus, officers said, and the firm had been employed  Maurice Leap  to clear ground on his farm in Washington township. The accident happened on the Leap property between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m.
          State Police Troopers Richard Jones and Richard Westlake and a member of the county sheriff's department investigated the accident. The local emergency ambulance also was summoned to the scene.
          Officers said the victim and another employ, Hiram Smith, R.R. 4, Columbus, were working in the field. They said Mr. Bane drove the bulldozer into the tree and the tree broke off a few feet above the ground and fell on the heavy machine. Smith was an eye witness to the accident, but was not on the bulldozer at the time.
          Authorities reported that they had to cross a four-acre field of mud on foot to get to the victim, and they carried the victim across the field to the ambulance.
          Mr. Bane, who had served with the Air Force, was born in Washington county August 22, 1932, the son of  Joseph and  Adra (Buttoff) Bane.  He was married to  Myrtle Zike  at Brownstown and she survives with four children.  Also surviving are three brothers.
          Local arrangements for last rites were n charge of the Ewing Mortuary and funeral services will be held at the Winklepleck Funeral Home in Brownstown Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Brownstown. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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