Tuesday, November 6, 2012

RIP Richard Finley

Baseball has always played a big part of the social life of kids who grew up in West Sacramento.  Any of my friends who played or hung around with those who played Little League, Babe Ruth and Legion Base Ball will remember Dick Finley.

Richard Finley went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 30, 2012. Richard was born on February 7, 1926 to Claude E. and Irma Finley. He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1943 and joined the Navy during World War II. After being discharged from the Navy, Richard worked at the railroad for 15 years. God opened doors for Richard to work at the West Sacramento Fire Department for 23 years. There he became a loyal employee and moved up the ladder to become Fire Marshall. Richard enjoyed RVing and fishing with friends and family. He coached Babe Ruth and Little League for 15 years and loved every minute of the game and kids. During his coaching career, Richard helped 3 young people become Major League Players. His true hobby and passion was gardening for others. He would grow produce and distribute it amongst his family, friends and his church. Everyone knew that Richard grew the best cantaloupe in West Sacramento and maybe the country. He is survived by and remains in the hearts of his beloved wife Ruth E. Finley, brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Sandy Finley. His children, Bruce (Linda) Finley, Brook (Rodney) Egbert, Bridget (Wayne) Lukins. Also 7 step-children Debbie Raines, Cindy Sasser, Judy Weller, Patty Little, Jenny Corder, Barbara Haugan and Jerry Fevold. He had 5 grandsons and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at Tyler St. Church of Christ at 10:00 A.M. November 10, 2012, 5029 Tyler St. Sacramento, CA near Highway 80 and Madison Ave. Graveside services will be held Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 A.M at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery 5810 Midway Rd. Dixon, CA 95620. River Cities Funeral Chapel Published in The Sacramento Bee on November 6, 2012 Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=richard-finley&pid=160897714#storylink=cpy

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