Finley, Thomas

Written by David Green.

Thomas I. Finley, 72, of Goshen, Ind., and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Ind.

He was born July 12, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo., to Jesse and Fern (Jackson) Finley. He married Molly Gallant on July 4, 1965, and she preceded him in death April 13, 1987.

 Thomas, a U.S. Navy veteran, was previously employed at Dexter Axle in Elkhart, and was a member of the D.A.V.

 Tom is survived by three daughters, Jodi Groves of Goshen, Joy Yoder of Elkhart, and Becky Finley of Syracuse, Ind.; a sister, Norene (and Maurice) Weyforth of Glen Arm, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

 Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Funeral services are scheduled at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Reith-Roher-Ehret Funeral Home in Goshen, and also from 1 p.m. until the time of service Monday, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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