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Charles R. "Buddy" Crank, Age: 69
May 21, 1950 - Dec 30, 2019

Charles Richard “Buddy” Crank, passed away December 30, 2019, at his home in Warrensburg, MO.

Buddy was born into the Crank family, to John Richard and Marjorie L. (Reno) Crank, on May 21, 1950, in Marshall, MO.  Throughout his years, Buddy worked at General Motors, as a custodian at Leeton Schools, Waterloo, Mid America Turf, College Park apartments, and in recent years as a handyman in and around Warrensburg, working with his close friend Sandy Schnakenberg.  Buddy was also baptized and raised in the First Christian Church, Sweet Springs, MO.

Buddy was definitely one-of-a-kind.  He had many “Brothers,” had a passion for Western TV shows and movies, music, and his beloved Harleys.  He loved going to swap meets.  Buddy was an excellent craftsman and knew his way around cars and motorcycles.  Nothing was too big or too little for Buddy, and he always remembered to get things people needed when mentioned to him.  Buddy was also very neat and orderly, a trait he passed along to his daughter.  And he was a classic Gemini, in that everything was either black or white, nothing in the grey area, but Buddy was fair to you as long as you were fair to him too. 

Above all, Buddy may be best remembered as a vivid storyteller!  And if you were lucky, you might hear the same story more than once.  To some, Buddy was perhaps a tad gruff, but beneath it all he had a kind and soft heart. He will surely be missed, and we all loved him dearly! 

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Margie, brother Marvin, and stepson Jimmy Bell. 

Buddy’s survivors include his daughter Leigh Ann Hartley and her husband Dave, sister Cathy Highley, brother John Crank, grandson Quinn Jones, granddaughter Carli Jones, ex-wife and good friend Joslyn Bell, step-grandson Nicolas Lamb, a niece and two nephews.

A memorial will be held at 11:00 AM on January 11, 2020 at the First Christian Church, 400 Bridge Street, Sweet Springs, MO, 65351.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the First Christian Church, Sweet Springs, MO.




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First Christian Church
400 Bridge Street
Sweet Springs
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Jan 11 ,2020
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11:00 am
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Joslyn Crank Jan 02 ,2020

Ex wife ,Warrensburg ,Missouri

I will miss Buddy alot more than I realized. Love All y'all very much.

Cindy Bell Jensen Jan 02 ,2020

Niece ,Liberty ,Missouri

Uncle Buddy was one of a kind and if you had the pleasure of knowing him, you know why they broke the mold after his birth ;) He left us too soon but the memories and stories to tell will last for eternity! RIP You will forever be missed!! Love Cindy

Lori Mullins Jan 02 ,2020

Friend ,Houstonia ,Missouri

Still cant believe he is gone, but man o man the stories he left us to tell !! My prayers are with you LeighAnn & family, Johnny,Terry, Joselyn , Sandy and Flack...R.I.P. Buddy Crank

Misty Jan 02 ,2020

Niece ,Columbia ,Missouri

I love you uncle Buddy, you will be missed

Tony Madrid Jan 02 ,2020

Brother ,Knob Noster ,Missouri

Uncle Buddy was one of a kind! He'd give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I still cant believe he's gone. I just seen him 5 days before he passed and he looked solid as a mule. The world won't be the same without you brother.

Ann Fenner Jan 03 ,2020

Friend of Leigh ,Sweet Springs ,Missouri

Leigh, sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers.

Bobbi Jan 03 ,2020

Just a chick ,Kirksville ,Missouri

A big piece of our world is missing. Buddy taught me some of life's best lessons, for that, I am forever grateful: how to be an honest friend, how to stand on my own, and how to love beyond rules set by others. He always told my children he was proud of them, and they took Uncle Buddy's words to heart. Love and miss him so very much.

Mitch Miller Jan 03 ,2020

friend ,Jackson ,Georgia

Always my friend. Saw him too seldom. I'll miss him. RIP,Buddy

Keith Bell II Jan 03 ,2020

Great nephew ,Higginsville ,Missouri

Sorry for your loss I’m gonna miss that old man and his story’s

Valerie Hilbrenner Hinck Jan 03 ,2020

Classmate ,Concordia ,Missouri

So sad to hear of Buddy's passing. He definitely was one of a kind. Although we did not graduate together, we went through grade school together. To his family: so sorry for your loss!

Cindy Hocking Jan 03 ,2020

Old friend ,Sedalia ,Missouri

My condolences to the family. Buddy was a one of a kind. He will be missed by all that knew him. Sending prayers for comfort and strength through these heart breaking time.

Martha hastings Jan 03 ,2020

Friend ,Warrensburg ,Missouri

He was a friendly person.

Jonathan Pringle (tatterchip) Jan 04 ,2020

Long time friend ,Warrensburg ,Missouri

Buddy was a hoot to be around, his presence was evident when you heard his gruff voice, always telling a story and an instant smile couldnt be helped when he gave his best accounts of the roads he had traveled. We'll dearly miss you, Buddy.

Johnny Dillon Jan 04 ,2020

Friend ,Houstonia ,Missouri

Had a lot of memories with Buddy worked with him and went to school with him in Sweet Springs. He was a great guy. Prayers

Pam Scott Jan 05 ,2020

Cousin ,Burlington ,Kansas

As kids, our families spent a lot of time together that produced a lot of fun memories. I do wish we had spent more time together as adults. Sincerest condolences to the family. Hugs!

John schnakenberg Jan 06 ,2020

Friend ,Warrensburg ,Missouri


Holly Burford Jan 07 ,2020

Friend ,Leeton ,Missouri

You will be missed by so many.. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to know you. My condolences to all Buddy's family an friends.. R.I.P my friend

Billy Delcamp Jan 11 ,2020

All the good times we had. Will be remembered