Paul F. Finch
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12/6/1919 - 5/31/2014
Paul Frederick Finch, 94, a long-time resident of Grass Valley, Calif., died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Alder Grove Senior Living Center in Auburn, Calif. Born in Walden, N.Y., on December 6, 1919, he was the son of George David and Fannie (Rossman) Finch.
In 1938 he went to Ohio to work for the Davy Tree Service as a tree surgeon. In 1941 he joined the Marine Corps and served throughout World War II including the battle of Guadalcanal, retiring with 20 years of service in 1961 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. After retiring he went to Vietnam as an American Advisor for several years. Later, in the 1980's, he was a building contractor in Saudi Arabia, and became the director for the King Fisal Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, setting up a hospital there, until the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991. He settled in California first in Barstow, where he was a Property Disposal Officer.
Paul Finch had married twice, but had no children. He married his first wife, Jean, shortly after retiring from the military and they divorced in the early 1970's. He married again in 1978 to Doris E. (Smith) (Johnson) Henderson, who passed away on January 22, 1998.
Paul Finch is predeceased by his brother, Albert Eli Finch, of Saybrook, Conn., a sister, Madelyn Ruth (Finch) Blade, of Hammond, Ind., and another sister, Belva May (Finch) (Stokes) Baker, of Tunkhannock, Pa. He is survived by one sister, Madeline (Finch) O'Donnell, of Waretown, N. J., a nephew, Paul Richard Finch of Palm Bay, Fla., a niece, Joyce (Stokes) Crevier, of Tunkhannock, Pa., plus other nieces, and nephews.
He moved to Grass Valley, Calif., in 1989 where friends and neighbors got to love and adore his colorful sense of humor. He was proud of his service in the Marine Corps and always ended his phone conversations with "Semper Fi."
His ashes will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., with full military honors at an undetermined date.
In Lieu of flowers the family has requested to donate to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 5, 2014