Dr. Robert W. Finch, DVM
Dr. Robert W. Finch, DVM, 92, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014, at Mercy West Lakes Hospital, West Des Moines, IA. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Monday, August 4 at First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, of which he was a longtime member. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Urn burial at Sunny Hill Cemetery will follow the service.
It was Dr. Finch's lifetime wish to be a veterinarian, and he graduated from Iowa State College December 18, 1943. Upon graduation, he accepted a commission into the Army Veterinary Corps, and was assigned to the Fort Worth Quarter Master Depot, Fort Worth, TX with food inspection duties. During his time there, he met and married Billie Graham of Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Finch was later assigned to overseas duty and spent a year in Japan, discharging in 1946 at the rank of Captain.
Dr. Finch established a large animal practice in Marengo, IA, but soon moved to Grimes where he practiced for 28 years. Thereafter, he accepted employment as a district state veterinarian in Carroll, IA for another 12 years. In retirement, he and Billie built a house and moved back to Grimes. Dr. Finch was a member of the Grimes American Legion and Lions Club, as well as the Granger Masonic Lodge.
Dr. Finch was preceded in death by his parents, Donald T. and Celia L. Finch, and his brother-in-law, George Wallace. Those left to remember him include his wife of 69 years, Billie Finch of Dallas Center; daughter, Cheryl (Mike) Wessels of Granger; son, Ted Finch of Waukee; sister, Donna Wallace of Grimes; three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, or the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Dept. 20-1122, PO Box 5940, Carol Stream, IL, 60197.
Iles Funeral Homes - Brandt Dallas Center Chapel
1301 Ash Street Dallas Center, IA 50063
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 4, 2014