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Falling tree kills Corydon man

Falling tree kills Corydon man
Falling tree kills Corydon man
Arthur Barks Jr.

A Corydon man was killed early Thursday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2008, when a tree he was cutting down split and landed on him.
Arthur Gilbert Barks Jr., 57, working on the Lynn Miller farm near Elizabeth when a tree he was felling split, according to Harrison County Chief Deputy Coroner Malcolm McMakin.
Another worker at the site told McMakin that he heard the tree split, and when he looked in that direction, Barks was running away from the base of the tree.
‘The heavier part of the tree fell on him,’ McMakin said.
Barks, the owner of Jr. Barks Excavating and a co-owner of Barks Welding Supply, died of ‘compression trauma to his head, chest and torso,’ McMakin said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Steve Haggard, who recruited Barks to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, said Barks will be missed.
‘It was thankless job, but he did whatever it took to get the job done,’ Haggard said of the man who also was a grade behind him in school. ‘He did the job for nothing for the community,’ often using his own equipment at events such as the tractor pulls.
‘He was a fine guy and a lot of fun,’ Haggard said. ‘He will be sorely missed.’
Barks served on the fair board for more than 10 years.
A native of Harrison County, Barks was born Jan. 16, 1951, the son of Waunita Cunningham Barks of Corydon and the late Arthur G. Barks Sr.
He was also a farmer
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Barks.
Survivors in addition to his mother include his wife, the former Rose Marie Sonner; a son, Aaron Lee Barks of Central; a daughter, Lisa Marie Barks Satori of Corydon; a brother, Paul Barks of Corydon; two sisters, Alice Yeager and Fern Lawrence, both of Corydon; and three grandsons.
The funeral was Monday at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in New Amsterdam Cemetery. The Rev. Rick Utz officiated. Pallbearers were Carl (Buck) Mathes, Dale Watson, Paul Robson, Donnie Lynch, Gary Purvis and Joe Shireman. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Sonner, Carl Yeager, Harold Lawrence, Rick Reed, Stanley Kingsley and Larry Purvis.