Joseph R. "Rick" Rank, age 82, of the City of Tonawanda, Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Beechwood Manor. A resident of Tonawanda for the past 59 years, he was a 1949 graduate of Tonawanda High School and was a US Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He had been employed in the Printing Department at the Tonawanda News for 10 years and also for the Buffalo News for 30 years, retiring in 1991. Joseph also served as a First Ward Alderman for the City of Tonawanda in 1976 and 1977. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, a life-member of Tonawandas' Post 264 American Legion and Frontiersmen Post 7545 VFW, a member of Tonawanda Union Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, Volunteer Firemens Benevolent Assn, Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union and the Tin Can Sailors Assn.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary K. (nee Chelikowsky) Rank; three sons, Douglas (Lori) Rank, Kevin (the late Karen) Rank and Patrick (Lori) Rank, all of Tonawanda; four grandchildren, Kevin J. Rank, Katie M. (Joseph) Muscarella, Joseph R. Rank II and Michael McGrath; a sister, Joanne (Robert) Urtel of Michigan; and was the brother of the late Cyril "Butch" Rank and Phyllis Stack. Also survived by many nieces and. nephews.
There will be no prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, August 10th at 10 AM in St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 150 Broad St. in Tonawanda. The Rev. Michael Uebler will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Arrangements by John O. Roth Funeral Home. Inc., Tonawanda, NY.
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