Beloved husband and father, Earl L. Finney, age 69, passed away at his residence in Bellingham on June 7, 2012. Earl was born in Corvallis, OR to Lloyd and Dorothy Finney of Minnesota. His early years were spent in West Seattle and he retained fond memories of growing up on Alki Beach. As a young man, he enjoyed playing tournament tennis and target shooting. Soon after his graduation from West Seattle High in 1960, Earl enlisted in the Navy. His training included course work in nuclear weaponry at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. During the next few years, Earl was stationed in Albuquerque, NM and Barbers Point, HI. He was honorably discharged from active duty in November of 1963 after attaining the rank of Gunners Mate (E4). Civilian life heralded the beginning of a 44 year career with the Seattle Transportation Dept. He worked out of the north end, downtown, and West Seattle service yards, driving flushers, snow plows, and packer trucks. He retired in December, 2007. Being an avid reader, he had a passion for history and loved sharing his knowledge with others. In his later years he developed an interest in art and working with watercolors. Earl enjoyed taking long, leisurely drives with his family. He was a kind and devoted husband and father, who will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Karen of Bellingham, his son Owen of Renton, and his sister Kathleen of Kent. A memorial service will be held at Tahoma National Veterans Cemetery on June 28, @ 1:30 PM. Participants are asked to be at the cemetery by 1 PM. Contributions may be made towards the completion of the new Cancer Center at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation in Bellingham, WA @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2012