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Veteran farmer dies in tractor rollover crash

Mack

A 63-year-old man who had a lifelong love of farming died Tuesday after the tractor he was driving rolled over and pinned him.

Douglas Mack was operating a Ford 860 tractor, which has an open cab, on a dirt lane across from his home, near Ohio 34 and Kniffen Race Track Road, southeast of Stryker, Ohio, according to the Williams County Sheriff’s Department.

He was headed north when the tires on the tractor’s left side went over an embankment, and the tractor rolled down into a small creek. In the process, Mack was pinned under the tractor as it laid upside down, authorities said.

Mack was last seen at 2 p.m., and a family member who found him called authorities at 4:57 p.m. Emergency crews arrived and pronounced him dead, authorities said.

Mack was born in Bryan, Ohio, and he developed a passion for farming at a young age. He graduated from Bryan High School in 1968, and he married his high school sweetheart, Manda Sue Morr, in 1972. They had two children and a granddaughter, according to an obituary.

Mack, a certified journeyman tool-and-die maker, began his career at the Winzeler Stamping Co. in Montpelier, Ohio. At the time of his death, he worked for TJ Automation in Archbold, Ohio.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home at 206 N. Lynn St. in Bryan. A burial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Defiance, Ohio. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Defiance.

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