BARTONVILLE - Duane Eugene Finch, 80, of Bartonville, Ill., passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born May 23, 1934, to John and Marcella (Rohman) Finch in Metamora, Ill. He graduated from Lowpoint High School in 1951. He married Rita Copp in Toluca, Ill., on Dec. 29, 1956. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Susan (Mike) Cobratti, Sharon (Brad) Wood, Shelly (Scott) Lunsford and Steve (Tammy) Finch, all of Bartonville, Ill.; siblings, Gordon (Dorothy) Finch of Metamora, Ill., Bonnie (Dick) Meismer of Metamora, Ill., Eldon (Andrea) Finch of Tucson, Ariz., Diane (Mike) Cawley of McHenry, Ill., Brenda (Bud) Barker of Toluca, Ill., Denise (Mike) Held of Metamora, Ill., and Carol (Bernard) Beoletto of Toluca, Ill.; grandchildren, Gabrielle Wood, Stephanie and Seth Lunsford, Andrew and Kelly Finch, Jacob and Brady Curry and Jessica Auer; and many nieces and nephews.
Duane began his career at the age of 17 at Caterpillar as a Pattern Maker. He then went on to serve as a foreman for more than 18 years. He retired in the mid-1980s after 36 years of service to Caterpillar. While working for Cat, he also owned Mid-State Sales Cabinets, for which he was a cabinet maker.
Duane loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing, hunting and searching for mushrooms the most. He also enjoyed attending the flea market in Rutledge, Mo. He also owned a booth and sold different antiques there. Duane was an avid antique collector, especially all different types of pans.
He was an active member in the Bartonville community, especially through the Lions Club. He served as president, district governor, zone chairman and chairman of eyeglasses. Duane was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion Post 979.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. and also an hour prior to the Mass at church. Burial will follow Mass in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.
Memorial donations in honor of Duane may be made to St. Ann Catholic Masses.
Online condolences may be left at www.Davison-Fulton-Bartonvillechapel.com.