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Joseph R. Finley

May 10, 1926 - August 17, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – Joseph R. Finley, 82, of Springfield died at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, at Heritage Manor in Carlinville. He was born May 10, 1926, in Royalton, the son of Joseph and Carmen Stephens Finley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Ronald Mohan.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Finley of Springfield; five daughters, Jodi (Randy) Bruso of Springfield, Kelly (companion, Trevor Miller) Smarjesse of Tovey, Anna Neumann of Springfield and Sheryl (Bruce) Hanaway and Susan (Larry) Azuse, both of Las Vegas; two sons, Kirk (Debbie) Finley of Island Lake and Richard (Donna) Finley of Las Vegas; thirteen grandchildren, Megan, Jack, Emme, Bronte, Hallie, Kirk Jr., Cheri, Jennifer, Kelly, Mandy, Jeff, Dan and Rionna; two sisters, Faye (Paul) Bloomstrand of Benton, Ky., and Bobbie (Tom) Naylor of Royalton; and a brother, Mike Finley of Springfield.

He was a resident of Springfield for most of his life. He was a steel worker at Crop Forge in Chicago, owner of Blue Moon Tavern, and managed and worked at several Springfield bars.

He was a member of the United States Air Force, serving during World War II. He was a past commander of DAV, serving six terms from 1983 to 1990 and 1993 to 1994. Joe was an avid fisherman and loved to dance.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at the funeral home, with Kirk Finley officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the DAV.

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