Jeffrey A. Bankes

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CROSS PLAINS–Jeffrey A. Bankes, 59, of Cross Plains, passed away on Nov 8, 2022, at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on Sept. 17, 1963, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, the son of Melvern L. Bankes and JoAnn (Lynch) Bankes.

Jeff served in both the US Army and the Wisconsin National Guard. He worked as a coast-to-coast furniture mover and in the building repair and construction industries. He loved animals and took pleasure in helping others. In his free time, he loved being outdoors in nature–camping, kayaking, hunting and bicycle riding. He was able to fix most anything mechanical. Jeff was an accomplished cook, both in the kitchen or on his favorite charcoal grill.

Jeff is survived by his father, Melvern; half-brothers, Jason Stahelski and Jay DuBois; stepbrother, Mark Stoveken; stepsister, Joan Stoveken; and a long list of other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Ann; grandparents, Veva and Orville Bankes, and Peter and Helen Lynch; and stepmother, Audrey (Lepinski) Bankes

A private service with immediate family will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at

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