Earl Finley was born May 5, 1925 in S. Dunklin County in South East Missouri. On July 23, 1950, Earl married Madge Prewitt of Holcomb, Mo. Earl farmed for five years but later moved to Collinsville, Ill., where he worked and retired from Farm Service Co. in East St. Louis, Ill., in 1984. At that time, he, Madge and their youngest daughter, Dora Elizabeth, returned to Holcomb, where they started a quilting business and they were featured for their work in the book "Best of Missouri Hands". In 2008 Earl and Madge moved back to Collinsville to be closer to their children who still resided in the Collinsville, St. Louis, Belleville, and Decatur area.
Earl is survived by his wife Madge, daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Mike Hammel, Beverly and David Coombs, Jerris and Richard Breslin, Jimmie and Phil Carter, Tina Hall, Dora and Aaron New along with his son Randy Finley. Also surviving is his grandchildren Karissa, Ryan and Chelsey Hammel, Adam and Alex Coombs, Robert and Rachel Breslin, Matthew and Jonathan Carter, Tyler and Sean Finley, Casey, Danielle, Jessica and Sarah Hall, Macy and Allie New, his great-grandchildren Caleb and Makenzye Hammel and Collin Bowers-Breslin, and all his cousins, nieces and nephews. He was adored and loved by all of them and will be missed very much. He is also survived by his sisters Tommye Vitalie, Burleen Edwards, Fern Berry and Patsy Parker.
Earl enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 3, 1943 and served in the South Pacific during WWII on the U.S.S.Hogatt Bay. While in service he earned many medals and citations and was proud to have served his country. One of his fondest memories was attending his 2005 Hogatt Bay reunion in Branson, Mo. with his daughters and their families.
Visitation will be at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at Landess Funeral Home in Campbell, Mo.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 15, at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in the Lloyd Cemetery at Holcomb, Mo.
Earl's biggest joy and love were his children and grandchildren so in lieu of flowers please make donations to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.