Arnold Finkbeiner (1930 - 2015)

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Arnold John Finkbeiner
August 30, 1930 - August 18, 2015
Arnold John Finkbeiner Jr. died peacefully of natural causes, August 18, 2015; 12 days shy of his 85th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Lydia (Angier) Finkbeiner, his parents, Arnold and Ella Finkbeiner and his sister Sharon Larsen. Arnie has one daughter, Kim, married to Blayne Schorr and one granddaughter, Erin, married to Christopher Christie. His first great-grandchild, a baby girl, is expected to arrive anytime. Arnie is also survived by his brothers Myron, David, Paul, his sister Junella Hagood, their spouses and many extended family members.
Arnie or "coach" as he was known, was born in Spokane, Washington on August 30, 1930 to Arnold and Ella Finkbeiner. Arnie was the oldest of six children. He graduated from the College of Idaho after transferring from Northwest Nazarene University; later receiving his Master's Degree from the University of Idaho. Arnie was a veteran who served 4 years in the Navy during the Korean war.
To say that Arnie loved sports was to say the "sun is hot"...quite an understatement. Arnie was most at home on football and baseball fields, the track, or the basketball court. Either he was umpiring, refereeing, coaching or playing. Though Arnie's personal accomplishments, awards and accolades spanning his 84 years of life are extensive, he would rather be remembered for all of the young men and women he molded and shaped through his work in the Parma and Ontario school systems. Countless stories are shared among his students and student athletes of his tough love and strong discipline; the majority recounting this discipline with sincere fondness, humor, respect and acknowledgment of its long-term influence..."making them what they are today." Even in his failing health over the last several years, and always with a twinkle in his eye, Arnie was always quick to tell a funny story or event that happened to whomever it was who entered his room. Each young man or woman had potential in his eyes and he knew if he pushed them hard enough, they might see it and believe it for themselves.
In his retired years, Arnie enjoyed hunting and fishing. His crowning glory came when he got his California Big Horn Sheep. As anyone who has talked to him in the last 8 years will tell you, he was proud of that sheep.
Arnie was not an angel or choir boy (although he had a lovely voice) and he had some rough years in his life, but in the end, he made peace with The Lord. We are confident that when he exited this life, he was welcomed into Heaven and is right now fishing for the "big one."
The family would like to publicly thank the wonderful staff at Brookdale and the staff of Encompass Home Care and Hospice. Special thanks to Brandy, Beth and Sarah, words are not adequate. Thank you to Russ White and the whole gang for always being there for Arnie. We would also like to thank Wanda Stewart for her undying love and care for Arnie till the very end. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention Arnie's niece, Holly (Hagood) Mack and her husband Dan, always there as his advocate, always going above and beyond.
A memorial celebrating Arnie's life is planned for Monday, October 12th at the First Church of the Nazarene in Ontario, Oregon.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 21, 2015
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