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Friday, April 24, 2009

Half Mast's for Jerome Finger

Jerome "Diz" Finger, 72, Wapella, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 22, 2009) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

His funeral will be at noon Saturday at the Wapella Christian Church, Wapella, with James McMillion officiating. Graveside rites will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors at the gravesite. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Wapella Christian Church.

He was born Oct. 23, 1936, at Waynesville, son of Daniel and Lorine Harvey Finger. He married Julia Ann Mearida on Dec. 3, 1960, at Clinton.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Finger, Wapella; one son, Jeff (Jo) Finger, Wapella; two grandsons, Bryan Finger and Michael Finger, Wapella; mother-in-law, Carmen Mearida, Wapella; sisters-in-law, Sherry Fryman and Dorotha Finger; nieces and nephews, Shelley and Jim Holland; Kim and Kevin Mandrell; Kelly and Norm Simmons; Derek and Beth Fryman; Terri Galloway; and Steve Ross; and Tina Coppenbarger; several great nieces and nephews; and his granddog, Minnie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Raymond; and one sister, Waunita.

Diz retired from Wallace Business Forms in 1996 after 36 years of service as a Pressman. He then enjoyed working at the Clinton Lake & Harvest with Bob Thomas & Ron Ferguson. He was a former member of Wapella School Board and was treasurer of Wapella Sesquencential Committee. He worked on the Community Center and enjoyed planting trees in Wapella and also loved to walk.

He was a loving papa and enjoyed his family and friends at McDonald's. He was a good man and would help anyone at any time. Diz Finger was a good neighbor, terrific volunteer and a welcome participant in the civic society of the Village of Wapella.

He was a member of Wapella Christian Church and DeWitt Masonic Lodge 84 AF&AM. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. All flags half mast please, for Jerome Finger.


EEP said...

R.I.P. Diz. One of the greats, who will be greatly missed. Wapella won't be the same without you.

Anonymous said...

My condolences to the Finger family from a former next door neighbor. As a little one in the 1960s, I remember seeing the new white house going up. I could no longer see the Reynolds' house! We got some new neighbors--the Fingers, who were and are the best. Diz was a fine coach of my Khory League team, the Wapella Cubs--a steady hand at the helm.

RIP, J.D. Finger.


Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Diz. My condolences to the Finger family.


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