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NASCAR has lost one of its biggest fans. Buddy Farrington passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Akeley of a massive heart attack.

Robert Budwell Farrington was born July 11, 1943 in St. Paul. He graduated from Akeley High School in 1961.

On Feb. 12, 1964, 50 years ago, he joined the Army, training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He was stationed in Germany for three years as a finance officer. With an honorable discharge he returned to the states and went to work in Natural Gas Pipeline construction and continued this line of work for the next 40 years. At present he was in Charles City, Iowa working for Sovde Enterprises.

While working in Michigan he met Linda Yonke and her son Jonathan. Buddy and Linda married in 1972 and together they had a son, Terry "Turk" Earl Farrington.

Buddy enjoyed the time he spent with Turk racing Sprint Cars and was an avid fan during Jonathan's years of skydiving competitions. As all true redneck pipe liners he loved big trucks, BBQs, deep frying turkeys and NASCAR.

Buddy was a quiet guy, but always voiced his opinion whether you wanted to hear it or not. You didn't always know where he was at or when he was going to show up, but you knew that every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. he was on the phone calling his mother.

He is survived by sons, Terry (Christi) Farrington of Mesa, Ariz., Jon (Anne) Yonke of Charlotte, N.C.; parents, John and Margaret Howard of Akeley; brothers, Jim (Christy) Farrington of Stevensville, Mont.; Terry (Joyce) Farrington of Akeley; sisters, Michelle (Norm) Knutson of Columbia Falls, Mont., Cindy (Jim) Dietz of Akeley, June (Jerry) Struss of Northome; grandchildren, Cole, Bailey and Lance Farrington, Anne Scott Yonke; several nieces and nephews; and longtime special friend Jan Bayman.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis; uncle, Albert Kastner; aunts, Helen Voshell, Irene Frome and Arlene Kastner.

Memorial service: A graveside memorial service will take place at Lemon Cemetery, Badoura Township this summer.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Nevis/Park Rapids is assisting with the arrangements. You may leave online condolences at