Finn Soren Nobel, the perfect mix of his strong, caring mother and his adventurous, always planning and ready-to-go father, "turned up his brave meter" one last time as he gave the ultimate gift of life when he became an organ donor after it was determined he had lost all brain activity and would not survive after being treated for what seemed like a typical case of croup.
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Finn was born June 26, 2008, to his parents, Amy Hathaway and Erik Nobel of Klamath Falls, and his brother Jens. On November 7, 2012, he joined his brother Carsten in heaven, who had been waiting for him since 2003.
In his short life, Finn was very loved and loved so many people, activities, and things. He was smart, easy-going, determined, talkative, loved to tell stories, thoughtful, funny and the first one ready to go on an adventure. Favorites included being at the family's cabin at Medicine Lake, Oregon State Beaver football, watching Wild Kratts with his brother, the library, Sunday School at Hope Lutheran Church, staying at his Aunt Megan's house, spending time with his brother and cousins, and seeing the world from sitting on his dad's shoulders.
Wiser than his young age, Finn was looking to the future - planning to go to pre-school with his cousin Will, looking forward to the next Olympics when he "would be eight years old," being a wild animal catcher with his brother when he was older, and playing hockey, soccer and baseball (which he often played with his grandpa) and liked to say he was "good at" all of it. Always the planner, his week was filled - Tuesdays with Grandma Mary, Wednesdays were for his dad, Friday was cousins day and every day was to be his mom's little helper.
Finn is survived by his parents and brother; grandparents, Ron and Deanna Hathaway and Mary Nobel; great-grandma Ellen Hunton; aunts and uncles: Megan and Tom Grayson, Emilie and Steve Hedlund and Glenn and Lynnette Nobel; and loving and fun cousins: Scott, Katherine, and Will Grayson, Lauren and Jacqueline Hedlund and LeiLani Nobel. He was preceded in death by his brother Carsten, grandpa Ernie and great grandparents.
A memorial service will be held Friday, November 16 at 4 p.m. at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church and led by Pastors Lou Schneider of Hope Lutheran Church and Joe Medley of Fir Lawn Lutheran. Finn's and Jens' friends are welcome to attend. Private interment will be held separately.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances to the Klamath County Library, Friends of the Library Children's Activity Fund (P.O. Box 1707, Klamath Falls, Ore. 97601) or the
- Friends of Carsten at 115 W. Eighth Ave. Suite 360, Eugene, OR, 97401 or online at http://marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=1694239.
Ward's Klamath Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Herald And News on Nov. 13, 2012