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Charles  Dalaine "Charlie"  Finney

Charles Dalaine "Charlie" Finney
  • June 1, 1929 - July 3, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Sorry to hear of your passing cousin Charles. Please say hi to your Uncle Ernest, his daughter misses him. Family please feel free to contact me....Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Linda (Finney) Phinney - Pavo, GA

“Dear Rita,We were sorry to hear about Chuck's passing. We have fond memories of brief conversations with you and Chuck at Mann or McGee gatherings...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kenneth & Sherrill McGee - MI

“Larry,We were both obviously raised by our heroes. You have my prayers and sympathies during this time. He raised a great son. Take care.John ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: John Gothberg - Battle Creek, MI

“Larry, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time of loss. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Your Father...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Rich Monahan - Portage, MI

“Larry, Sue & family, so very sorry for your loss. Judging by the quality of your family that I have met, Charles must have been an admirable man who...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ted Homan - Battle Creek, MI

“Everyone who knew Chuck loved him. He and Rita were wonderful friends and we will always miss him. They raised a great family and they were always...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Dick and Helen McGee - Galesburg, MI

“So sorry for your loss. He will be missed every day until we see him again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Thomas Jones - Battle Creek, MI

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Charles D. Finney, 91, of Battle Creek died peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where Charlie and his family received excellent care.

Charlie was born June 1, 1929 in Detroit , Michigan the son of Heman L. and Gwendolyn (Crouch) Finney. He grew up in Detroit, Albion and Battle Creek, graduating with the 1949 Class of Battle Creek Central High School. Charlie honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War. He was employed briefly at Eaton Corporation, then as a Milkman for Roelof's Dairy, and later retired from Ralston's, where he worked making frosted flakes cereal.

Charles Dalaine Finney and LaRita Jeannette "Rita" Elliott were united in marriage on October 20. 1951 at Lakeview Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Rita; children, Larry (Sue) Finney of Battle Creek, Paula (Glen) Roble of Bellevue, Steve Finney, and Sara (Ralph) Finney-Cummins all of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; five nieces and nephews and their families. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald L. Finney.

Charlie was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his family, family gatherings, and talking to people. He enjoyed woodworking projects, fishing, working in his yard, flower and vegetable gardening, computer golf, and wintering in Florida with their Florida friends. He was formerly active with his sons as a Boy Scout leader and going duck hunting. Charlie will be remembered for his love of family and friends. He also had a very special love for all of his grandchildren.

Military Honors by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and a committal service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinson's Foundation. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at