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Charles "Chuck" R. Finch

November 30, 1928 May 3, 2019
Charles "Chuck" R. Finch
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Obituary for Charles "Chuck" R. Finch

Charles “Chuck” R. Finch, 90, of Midland, died on Friday afternoon, May 3, 2019, at King’s Daughters Home. He was born on November 30, 1928, in Memphis, TN, the son of Charles H. and Clara Gene (Kupferschmidt) Finch.

Charles earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1954.  He joined Dow in 1956, after serving two years as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.   During his thirty year career at The Dow Chemical Company, he was involved with research, development and technical service related to plastics, especially industrial processes related to food packaging.  He holds several patents and is the author of numerous technical papers.  After retiring, he remained active both as a consultant and an instructor.

On March 25, 1956, Charles married Shirley Peery in Dayton, OH.  Raising a family and maintaining a house, cottage and farm absorbed most of his spare time. He enjoyed spending summers at Pratt Lake, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, running, skiing, cycling, gardening and reading. He was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he served as an elder, a deacon and, more recently, a lay minister.   His Christian faith was most important to him, and he will be dearly remembered as a loving father and grandfather and a devoted husband of 61 years.

He is survived by his children, Valerie (Thomas) Bridge of Midland, Gregory Finch of St. Louis, MO, Steven (Nancy Armstrong) Finch of Boston, MA; daughter‐in‐law, Jonquil (Donald Ertel) Finch of Amherst, VA; grandchildren, Lauren Bridge, Michael Bridge, Shiloh (Caleb) Martin; and sister, Mary Gene Barbera of Charlottesville, VA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Finch; and son, William “Bill” Finch.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 505 E. Carpenter St., the Rev. Daniel Kempin and the Rev. Josh Parsons officiating. Friends may call at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street on Friday from 3‐5 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John's Lutheran Church.


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Visitation

Friday

10

May

3:00 PM 5/10/2019 3:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/10/2019 5:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

11

May

10:00 AM 5/11/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640

St. John's Lutheran Church
505 E Carpenter St, Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

11

May

11:00 AM 5/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640

St. John's Lutheran Church
505 E Carpenter St, Midland 48640 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Midland Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

565 N Meridian Rd
Midland, MI 48640

565 N Meridian Rd Midland 48640 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640
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