The Shelbyville Republican
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
April 13, 1959
FATHER DIES IN
Donald Bane, 26,
Killed as Big Tree
Falls on Buldozer
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
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
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.
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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