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Stephen Ingram Finney, 85, died peacefully Sunday, April 25, 2010. He was born October 31, 1924, to Lois Catherine Ingram Finney and Harry Anson Finney in Evanston, IL. He grew up in Wilmette and attended New Trier High School where his life-long love of the flute began. Steve loved music, and continued to play the flute throughout his life, performing with several local orchestras and his woodwind quintet. His other loves were golf, word puzzles, his wife Dee; his five daughters and nine grandchildren. Steve attended Amherst College in the early 1940s until World War II interrupted his education. He joined the Army and served in Britain as a cryptographer. After the war, he earned his master's degree from University of Chicago where he met his wife of 60 years, Lois (Dee) Frances Karraker. They were married Nov. 25, 1949, a few days before he started his first job as a CPA. Steve spent his career as an auditor and became a partner with the CPA firm now known as Deloitte. He served on the board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and became chairman. After his retirement in 1990, Steve and Dee enjoyed playing golf and traveling to watch golf, especially the tournaments in which their daughter, Allison, played as an LPGA professional. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Carolyn (Gary) Glenn, Eleanor (John) Vita, Deborah (Wayne) McKenzie, Allison (Heather) Finney, Barbara (Mark) Jeffery; and his grandchildren, Erin, Evan, Shannon and Blaire McKenzie, John, Tim and Laura Vita and Zoe and Mia Jeffery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Winnetka Presbyterian Church, 1255 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL. Private interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to of America or the Anti-Cruelty Society. Funeral Info: 847-251-8200.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 27, 2010
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