Finn, Merlin Joseph
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86, of Stellar Airpark in Chandler, Arizona passed on and went to heaven on November 21, 2012. He was born on February 24, 1926 to William and Augusta Finn in Wayne Nebraska. He married Elsie Marie Meyer on August 8th, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. They then bounced around a bit due to military engagements and then finally settled in Stellar Airpark in Chandler, Arizona in 1972 and celebrated 53 years of marriage.
At the age of 18 he joined the United States Army Air Corps during World War 2 and had a 26-year career that included maintaining state-of-the-art electronic systems on SAC bombers leading up to his retirement from the Air Force in 1970 as a Senior Master Sergeant. During his career in the service he traveled the world and was never shy to tell "anyone who would listen" adventures he encountered along the way. Together, Merlin and Elsie realized their dream by building one of the first custom homes on the runway at Stellar Airpark in 1972. In full anticipation of the pressures placed on private airports located near residential neighborhoods, Merlin, in 1978 formed the first Stellar Airpark Homeowners Association strictly for the purpose of presenting a single voice to local municipalities about the need for preservation of Stellar as an asset to the burgeoning city of Chandler. His sense of humor created "levity" in almost every setting and he was proudly proclaimed as a friend to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. For more than 20 years he served as a greeter and an usher at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe; his faith was deep and abiding and was frequently witnessed by his generosity to people in need. Merlin was survived by his loving wife Elsie Marie Finn, children Michael, Sharon, Mark, and Brian Finn, and 9 grandchildren. He is predeceased by their son John. A visitation will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, 1374 North Arizona Ave., Chandler, on Monday November 26th at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11:00am Tuesday November 27th, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra Drive, Tempe. Interment will follow at 1:30 pm at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 25, 2012