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Joseph R. Rank, longtime Buffalo News printer

May 25, 1931 – Aug. 3, 2013

Joseph R. “Rick” Rank, of the City of Tonawanda, a printer at the Tonawanda News and The Buffalo News, died Saturday in Beechwood Manor, Getzville. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1949 graduate of Tonawanda High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Rank worked for the Tonawanda News from 1951 to 1961, then was with The Buffalo News for 30 years, retiring in 1991.

He served as 1st Ward alderman in the City of Tonawanda in 1976 and 1977.

He was a life member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion, and Frontiersmen Post 7545, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a member of Tonawanda Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and the Volunteer Firemen’s Benevolent Association, the Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union and the Tin Can Sailors Association. He also was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Mary K. Chelikowsky; three sons, Douglas, Kevin and Patrick; and a sister, Joanne Urtel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.

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