Gerald C. Finkle, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at his home in Mesa, Ariz.
He was born Oct. 17, 1926 in Polo, to Robert and Edna (Miller) Finkle.
He married Eleanor (Wilde) Finkle on Feb. 22, 1951.
A proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the U.S.S. Boston in World War II (1944-46) and the Korean War (1951-52).
He worked as a carpenter, cabinet maker, and home remodeler for more than 60 years, building the first three family homes himself.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cheering for the Cubs, da Bears, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
He was esteemed for his skill at bag toss, never losing a match to his kids, grandkids, or their friends.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; and three of their four children, Sheryl Finkle, Aurora,Gerald “Gus” Finkle, Tempe, Ariz., and Edward Finkle , Mesa, Ariz.; three grandsons Michael, Keith, and Kenneth; and two great-grandsons Jackson and Ryder.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven; his parents, Robert and Edna; two brothers, David and Bob; and three sisters, Maxine Engel, Dorothy Kluck, and Marjory Bowma.
The Finkle family wishes to extend their special thanks to Dr. Michael Long for offering Jerry quality time despite an extended illness, and to Dr. Allen Kent, Jamie, Linda, Bobbie, and Stephanie of East Valley Hospice who brought comfort and peace in his final days. Arrangements for cremation were made by A Legacy Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jerry’s memory to the American Legion Post 26 by calling 480-964-8792 or to East Valley Hospice at 1311 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 200, Chandler, Ariz. 85224.