John P. Finch

September 30, 1924 - October 07, 2011 

John P. Finch

September 30, 1924 - October 07, 2011 

Obituary for John P. Finch

John Parsons Finch died Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Inn at Freedom Village.

He was born on September 30, 1924, to George Britton and Alice (Butcher) Finch in Chicago, Illinois.

He earned Engineering degrees from Stanford, Cal Tech, the University of Southern California and served as an officer in the US Navy during World War II. John worked his entire career for the General Electric Company in Erie and Grove City, PA until retiring to Michigan. He was a member of the US Power Squadron, Gideon’s International, SCORE, HASP, ELF, General Electric Retired Employees and Ebenezer Church.

John was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy (Reed) and grandsons Phillip Roberts and Robert Finch.

He is survived by his wife Bettie (Rutledge) Finch and children: Clayton (Louise) Finch, Woodbridge, VA; Robin (Patrick) Fraker, Grand Haven, MI; Allyson (Charles) Roberts, Richmond, VA; Martha Finch, Chesapeake, VA; Mark (Shirlann) Finch, Slippery Rock, PA; foster daughter Carole (Michael) Fitzpatrick, Eugene, OR; 6 stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; 15 step grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Sybil (John) Gilbert, LaGrange, IL.

A memorial service will be 2:00pm Saturday, October 22, 2011 in the Auditorium (6th Floor) at Freedom Village, 145 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI.

In lieu of flowers, please consider remembering John with a gift to Gideon’s International.

The family is being served by Lakeshore Memorial Services.

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