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Nelson Ray Fincher


1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Nelson Ray Fincher Obituary
NELSON RAY FINCHER Age 77, of Riverside, CA died Monday July 28, 2014 following a brief illness. Ray was born June 28, 1937 near Sedan, KS to Lula Inez (Nelson) Fincher and Ray Drexell Fincher. He and Mary Marguerite Dilworth were married August 27, 1960 at Central Avenue Christian Church in Parsons, KS. He was a 1954 graduate of Parsons High School and 1956 graduate of Parsons Junior College (now Labette Community College). He attended Southwestern College in Winfield, KS briefly before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1958. He served in many locations and assignments, attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3, and retired from the USMC in 1978. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Ray was employed for 18 years as a field test and development engineer in the aerospace/ground electronics industry. Following retirement from his second career, he pastored Arlington Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Riverside, CA as a licensed lay minister for seven years. In retirement he and Marguerite enjoyed traveling and had just returned from a riverboat cruise of the Danube River from Budapest to Bucharest. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite, of Riverside; a son, Rev. Michael Kevin Fincher of Ventura, CA; a daughter Lisa Maureen (Fincher) Bailey and her husband, Brett, of Newport Beach, CA; sister Drexa (Fincher) Geier and her husband Larry of rural Pittsburg, KS; brother Stephen Fincher and his wife, Carol, of Parsons, KS; numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved chocolate Labrador, Bosco. He was preceded in death by his parents, and younger sister, Susan Lynn Fincher-Essig. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Upland Christian Church, 1510 N. San Antonio, Upland, CA 91786-2272. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Upland Christian Church.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 2, 2014
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