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Robert R. Crain, 84, Army veteran, Buffalo Forge retiree

July 24, 1931 – Jan. 30, 2016

Robert Raymond Crain, of the Town of Tonawanda, an Army veteran and retiree of Buffalo Forge Company, died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, under hospice care. He was 84.

Mr. Crain was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School in 1949.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, leaving with the rank of staff sergeant. Mr. Crain earned the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Medal and a United Nations Service Medal.

After his military service, Mr. Crain worked for five years as a dairy farmer in East Otto. He went to college and earned an associate degree in business from Bryant and Stratton College in 1960.

Mr. Crain worked as an accountant for General Mills for two years before starting a three-decade career as a service representative for Buffalo Forge Co. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Crain was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and of the Engineering Society of Buffalo. He served as the society’s president in 1974-75.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and boating, gardening, photography and listening to old-time radio shows. He also enjoyed traveling, and went on 35 cruises.

Survivors include a son, Robert V.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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