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William Finn

 

October 23, 2019

William Eldridge Finn III, known to many as Bill or Billy, passed away suddenly on Sept. 26, 2019, of a heart attack at the age of 66. He was born July 12,1953, in Toppenish, Washington, to William and Lillian Finn (Justice). He was the oldest of eight children.

Bill spent the majority of his youth in the Yakima Valley area. Being an independent, active and fearless child, he was taught by his mother how to roller skate at the local rink by the age of one. When he was five years old, he got up, got himself ready, and walked to church before his parents were awake. Bill was continuously drawn to the Lord throughout his lifetime. As a growing boy, he rode horses and dirt bikes, raised many farm animals, played baseball, and developed a love of cars. Being a hard and fast worker, by age 13, he got his first job picking asparagus before going to school. After his high school years, he worked on a hop ranch to buy his first car, a Subaru, which he painted to look like a ladybug. Soon after, Bill moved to Decatur, Illinois, to be by family where he was taught auto body work thanks to his Uncle Elzy (Justice). He became a certified welder, working in that field for two years. Bill moved back to Zillah, Washington, to open a mechanic shop with his father, which they sold after four years.

He married Denise Clough in 1977 and raised their children William, Jenice, and stepdaughter Stacy. He continued with various jobs from concrete, tractor work in hayfields, short and long-haul trucking, even bringing his kids along for the ride. Bill was introduced to construction and found his passion, owning his own business for over twenty years. He built apartments and custom homes throughout Washington, Oregon, and California, sharing this interest with his son and his brother Gary.

Bill was adventuresome and always had a lot of fun. He had a love for animals, participated in rodeos as a bull rider, loved to hunt, fish, watch movies, play the guitar, work on hot rods, and play and coach baseball. For seven years, he coached Babe Ruth baseball. His teams won championships, and he was privileged to be chosen several times as the All Star team coach.

Bill married Cindy Dunn in 1997. They found great love and joy in raising their two daughters, Mallory and Madison in Goldendale, before residing between Suquamish and Port Orchard, Washington, for the last 19 years.

He cared deeply about his family and many friends. Bill always had a big smile, giving heart and compassionate spirit. He was known for his quick wit, with an extraordinary sense of humor that always brought about smiles and laughter. He will be greatly missed.

Bill is preceded in death by his younger siblings-Dennis, Kim and Gary. He is survived by his wife Cindy; his parents; William and Lillian of Riverside, Washington; brothers Mike (Becky) of Winger, Minnesota, and Terry (Ruby) of Mentor, Minnesota; sisters Gloria of Omak, Washington, Shawn (Mark) Riverside, Washington; children William IV of Prosser, Washington, Jenice Kelly (TJ) of Yakima, Washington, Stacy Bryan (Paul) of Goldendale, Mallory and Madison of Port Orchard, Washington; nine grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, "brothers," and close friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8065 Chico Way NW Bremerton, Washington, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider Christ the King Lutheran Church and School; Evergreen Lutheran High School 7306 Waller Rd E, Tacoma, WA 98443; The Coffee Oasis 837 4th St, Bremerton, WA 98337, or any homeless shelter of your choice. The family wants to thank you for reaching out with such love, support and prayers. It is very much felt and appreciated.

Funeral arrangements are by Tuell-McKee Funeral Services, http://tuellmckee.com.

 

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