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Dr. Ralph William Bane


Last updated 2/10/2014 at 8:54am

Dr. Ralph William Bane

Dr. Ralph William Bane, 97, of Downers Grove, Ill., and Brevard, peacefully passed into the light, in his home, surrounded by his family Feb. 5, 2014.

He was born June 14, 1916 in Chicago, Ill. He attended the University of Chicago and went on to work as an atomic energy research chemist alongside Enrico Fermi and Einstein at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

He met his beautiful wife, Christine, while ice-skating at the midway in Chicago.

He was a devoted family man and dedicated his life to the betterment of humanity.

He is survived by his beautiful wife of 73 years, Christine Bane; his two amazing daughters, Cynthia and Carolyn Bane; his wonderful grandchildren, Jennifer Bane-Charbenou and Sean Burke-Bane; his precious great-granddaughter, Emily Christine Bane-Charbenou, and his faithful and loyal canine companion, Killer.

The family will be holding a celebration of his life at the Moody-Connolly Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at The Phoenix on 14 S. Gaston Street.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers you make a contribution to your charity of choice, as he was a big believer in helping animals and humans in need.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


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