Jack married Betty Jo Aupperle on April 25, 1996, and she survives. Other survivors include son John Bane of St. Louis, MO; daughter Teresa Melvin of Morton, IL; daughter Kimberly (Robert) Duncan of Finksburg, MD; stepdaughters Shannon (Richard) Gaunt of Morton, IL and Tonya (Ken) Opel of Mackinaw, IL; stepsons Robert Bateman, Jr and Randy Bateman, both of Pekin, IL; one brother Tim Bane of Ellsworth, IL; two granddaughters, four grandsons, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Don Bane, and one granddaughter, Shelby Elizabeth.
Jack worked for Caterpillar for 30 years prior to retiring in 1996. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast spending much of his free time riding and attending races and shows. He enjoyed many years of boating and camping with his family and friends. He was also the first to rise and greet the day, never wanted to miss his early morning coffee with his buddies, couldn't get enough of music, and appreciated a great meal. In addition to his loving wife and family, Jack had many long-time close friends that meant the world to him as did his loving dogs. All provided him with the unconditional love he so deserved and always returned. He filled a room with his infectious laugh and beautiful smile, and we will forever miss his unwavering companionship and love.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private service will be held at Dawson Cemetery in Ellsworth, IL at a later date. To celebrate Jack's life and to help save the lives of others, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.
~ Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out, shouting "what a ride!" ~
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