ALLEGANY, N.Y. - Carl J. Finley of 3974 Route 417 passed away Friday (April 18, 2014) at the Absolut of Allegany, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born Aug. 16, 1928, in Pekin, Ill., he was the son of Carl and Mildred LeBar Finley.
Mr. Finley was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947.
He was later employed at Dresser Industries as a purchasing manager, where he retired from on Sept. 30, 1983.
Mr. Finley was a founding member of the Mini Buck Lodge in Alma. He was also a member of the Cowboys, Allegany American Legion Post #892, the Elks Lodge, the Eagles of Bradford, Pa., Pine Acres Golf Course in Bradford and St. Bonaventure Church.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, gardening and playing euchre and cribbage. He loved to travel, especially to Florida for the winter. For 16 years, he drove the VA van for veterans.
Surviving is his loving companion and soulmate of 35 years, Barbara Matheson; three daughters, Debra (Daniel) Cotton of West Henrietta, Peggy (Stephen) Reitz of Allegany and Cynthia (Philip) Pfeifer of Lavonia; six grandchildren, Michael Cottone, Elizabeth Cottone, Timothy Reitz, Alex Retiz, Justin Pfeifer and Lauren Pfeifer Patridge; three great-grandchildren, Johnathon Reitz, Matthew Reitz and Luna Mayta-Reitz; one sister, Hilda Billings; his former wife, Nancy Finley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Gayton; and two stepbrothers, Dwayne Finley and Guy Wilbur.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. May 9 at the Casey, Halwig and Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. May 10 at St. Bonaventure Church, Allegany. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the
Inc., 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016; to Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan.; or St. Bonaventure Church, Attn. The Bridge and the Absolut of Allegany.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 23 to May 20, 2014