Richard Finn, 81

Published 11:39am Monday, May 27, 2013

Born: Aug. 23, 1931

Died: May 25, 2013

Richard “Dick” C. Finn, 81, of Niles, Mich., went home to Jesus on Saturday, May 25, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Dick loved to sing and his family and friends take comfort knowing that he is singing with the angels.

Dick was born Aug. 23, 1931 in Lakeville, Indiana to Ernest and Ruth (Price) Finn.  He grew up in Niles with his brother Robert Finn of South Bend, who survives, and his sisters; the late Betty Neal and Beverly Baker.

Dick was a Korean Conflict Veteran, proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps.  He was pleased to graduate from Brandywine High School before his children.

On September 11, 1951, Dick married Betty M. Shaffer, who survives.

Dick worked 9 years at the Niles Daily Star and retired from the Elkhart Truth Newspaper in 1993.  After retiring, he had more time for golf, traveling with friends and his favorite job: driving for Enterprise.  He was also a Boy Scout Leader, volunteered at the World Missionary Press and worked with Stamp Out Hunger.

In addition to his wife Betty of Niles, survivors include children Becky Finn of Niles and Rob and Ronda Finn of Spring Lake, Michigan, grandchildren; Kym and Shawn Reese, Jessica and Shane Bloomberg, Lee and Nicole Ashcraft, Jacqueline and Jeremy Sandison, Jennifer and David Mann, Jordan Finn and fiancée Elsbeth MacGirr and eight great grandchildren.

Dick was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in South Bend, where there will be a celebration of his life on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at the church.  Burial will be at Truitt Chapel Bertrand Cemetery, Niles and will conclude with Full Military Honors by the United States Marine Honor Guard and American Legion Post #51 of Buchanan, Michigan.

Friends may also visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dick may be made to the World Missionary Press of Hospice at Home.

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