Obituary: Elbert Bane


Elbert E. “Bud” Bane, 78, peacefully passed away at 12:22 am Thursday March 21, 2024 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Per Bud’s wishes a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colin Bane Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Bank of Gibson City.

Bud was born April 26, 1945 in Bloomington, Illinois. A son of Elton and Velda (Jordan) Bane.

He is survived by two sons. Brian (Melissa) Bane of Gibson City and their family, Koree Watson of Paxton, Clayton (Kalista) Bane of Paxton and Cale Bane of Gibson City; Carsyn and Cayzlee Watson of Paxton. Bruce Bane of Loda and his family, Courtney Brown of Paxton, Dylan Brown, Anastasia, Ayra, and Lucas Brown all of Rantoul. Sister Jessie Lou Matura of Edgewood, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Bud was preceded in death by a grandson Colin Bane, his dog Flash, infant son Gary Anthony Bane, his parents Velda and Elton Bane, brother Melvin Bane, sister Sarepta “Bonnie” DeAtley, brother James Bane and sister Phyllis McCreary.

Bud served in the United States Army and was a paratrooper and tank driver. After serving his country Bud worked as a union laborer. After retirement Bud found great joy in traveling and judging BBQ competitions with the Memphis in May BBQ Circuit and the Kansas City BBQ Society. He often visited his sister in Texas and enjoyed shopping at the First Monday Flea Market in Canton, Texas which is known to be the World’s Largest Flea Market spanning 450 acres. He loved bringing home souvenirs and gifts to his grandchildren. He always found the best ‘As seen on TV’ gadgets and was always adding to his extensive t-shirt collection. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.

He was always supportive of his grandson’s and was often their Taxi Cab driver to practice and rarely missed a match or game. He was disappointed when he lost his title of the “Cab” driver after all the Bane boys received their drivers license. He was a jokester and his humor was handed down to him from his dad whose nickname was “Silly”. Bud often shared comics he clipped from the newspaper to share a laugh or two. A hobby Bud enjoyed and shared with his son Brian was smoking meat and trying new BBQ sauce concoctions and making homemade rubs. Sunday dinners often took up to fifteen hours to cook but he loved every minute of it sitting and watching the smoke roll. He had a heart of gold and will be missed by all that knew him.     

Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City is assisting the family with their arrangements.