One of Bane-Welker Equipment's pioneers, Patricia Dazey Bane, passed away at the age of 89 on Oct. 15, 2021, following a period of failing health.  

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a pioneer of Bane Welker Equipment, Patricia Dazey Bane. Pat’s impact on our company’s history, employees, and local communities will remain a part of who we are today for generations to come. Her dedicated actions will continue to inspire others to invest in relationships at our stores, in our communities, and with our friends and family," the dealership said on its Facebook page. 

Pat, along with her husband Kenny Bane, founded the dealership in 1967. 

According to Bane's obituary, "In 1967 they were looking to do something different, so Kenny answered an advertisement posted in the Crawfordsville newspaper by the J. I Case Company looking for someone to establish a J. I. Case Dealership in Montgomery County. Pat thought Kenny had lost his mind. But once the decision was made, she was the greatest cheerleader of this newest endeavor, Bane Equipment Sales! Today the Bane-Welker organization has grown to 15 locations in Indiana and Ohio.

Pat continued to work through mid-June of 2021 “running her route” making deliveries, mostly between the Crawfordsville and Wingate locations but often went to Lafayette and Lebanon picking up diesel pumps, delivering farmer parts and getting candy for the guys at Sam’s Club. Her work ethic was to be admired.”

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