Richard Dennis Finley, 68, of Winfield, passed away Saturday morning, April 25, 2020, at his home.
Graveside memorial services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Akron. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established in Richard’s name for Harry Hynes Hospice. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born June 22, 1951, in Winfield, he was the son of Jack O. and Ruth O. (Ireton) Finley. He was raised in the Akron community, attending Akron grade school, then Winfield High School, graduating in 1969. He then attended Cowley County Community College and graduated in 1971. As a young man, Rick worked summers on his aunt’s farm in Braman, Okla. He hauled hay with his brother, Rex, and did odd jobs for area farmers.
Rick was united in marriage to Sharon E. Lawrence on June 8, 1973, in Winfield. The couple made their home west of Winfield. He worked as an auto mechanic with his father at the Akron Garage until his dad retired in 1989. Rick and Sharon began Custom Harvesting in 1974, first traveling from Oklahoma to North Dakota. The last 25 years they’ve cut for local farmers. Rick enjoyed this very much.
Rick was a member of the Winfield Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was baptized in 1990 and served as an elder in the Winfield congregation. He enjoyed talking to interested persons about God’s kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for. Also dear to his heart was the hope of the resurrection. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and walking in the pasture with his dog, Grizz. He had enjoyed water skiing since he was 6 years old.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
His family includes his wife, Sharon Finley, of Winfield; his brother, Rex O. Finley and wife, Nancy, of Winfield; his sister, Cathy L. Hamlin and husband, Steve, of Winfield; two very special aunts, Dora Burris and Jenny Powell, both of Winfield; his uncles, Jim Ireton, of Colorado, and Albert Finley, of Oklahoma; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.