DAVENPORT — George E. Finch, 94, of Davenport, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his residence at Senior Star, Davenport. Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life services will be 11 a.m. today at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme St., Davenport. Visitation was Thursday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post 26, Davenport. Memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or School.
Mr. Finch was born in 1923 in Emington, Illinois, to George W. and Margaret T. Finch. He married Dorothy Maury on Nov. 23, 1946, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death March 5, 2005. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1943 and fought with the 29th Infantry division from D-Day to Saint Lo, during World War II. After returning from the war, he received his private pilot’s license. One of the highlights of his life was having the opportunity to go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. He was a Davenport firefighter for 22 years, retiring in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant. In addition, he also worked as a carpenter/contractor. Among his memberships were St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport American Legion Post 26, Firefighters Local 17 (past president), and the local MDA Chapter (past president).
Survivors include his daughters, Lynn (Dale) Lane of Phoenix, Arizona, Laurie (Kevin) Nurre of Cedar Rapids, and Christine (Brian) Wiedenhoeft of Davenport; sons, Patrick (Colleen) Finch of Davenport and Daniel (Julie) Finch of Davenport; 10 grandchildren, Lisa, Michelle, Alissa, Shawn, Brian, Jennifer, Brooke, KC, Ellie and Matthew; 15 great-grandchildren, Nikki, Tanner, Kylie, Christian, Kenedee, Brennan, Brice, Aiden, Danielle, Noah, Alex, Brandon, Livia, Levi and Bailee.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margaret Johnson, Martha Negus and Frances Rieck; great-grandchild Aidan Curtis; and special friend Adel Stoffel.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Senior Star and Hospice Compassus for their exceptional care.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Finch family by visiting this obituary at weertsfh.com.