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Man dies in Jersey County farming accident

By Sanford Schmidt sschmidt@civitasmedia.com

April 24, 2014

JERSEY COUNTY — A Kane man died as he was pinned between two tractors on property he owns in Jersey County, Coroner Larry Alexander said.


Roger LeRoy “Cat” Vahle, 71, died at 5:37 p.m. Monday.


“I arrived on the scene and found him pinned between two tractors. Apparently he got off one tractor to work on another, and one kept going and pinned him,” Alexander said.


He said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Vahle lived in Kane but owned property in Jersey County.


Vahle was a mechanic at Jersey County Motors and Tri County FS in Jerseyville for many years and was a successful scrap metal dealer. He coached numerous little league teams and enjoyed racing and fixing cars, bowling and playing softball and was a member of the Jerseyville American Legion Color Guard.


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Wilbur Cain officiating.