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Feb. 1, 1934 – Jan. 12, 2014

Gail G. “Homer” Prange, of Buffalo, a retired insurance claims adjuster and City Hall employee, died Sunday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 79.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and attended Buffalo State College. Enlisting in the Navy in 1954, he served in the Pacific aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin and the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.

Mr. Prange was an insurance claims adjuster for more than 20 years with Allied Claim Services, becoming vice president of property claims. Later, he began a second career in the Buffalo City Clerk’s Office, working as an archivist for more than 10 years.

A longtime resident of Black Rock, he was a fixture at Casey’s Tavern on Amherst Street for more than 40 years and was a popular bartender there.

An avid sports fan, he held season tickets for the Buffalo Bills for many years and had been a Buffalo Sabres season ticket holder since 1974.

He also was a jazz buff and had an extensive music collection.

A member of the USS Wisconsin Association, he revisited the ship, now a museum ship in Norfolk, Va., in 2011.

Survivors include a daughter, Shelly; a son, Jay; and a granddaughter.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Kolano Funeral Home, 396 Amherst St.