Jerome Alden Finley, 77, of Chatfield, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Jerome was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Chatfield, to Andrew and Murial (St. Antoine) Finley. He attended Chatfield High School. Jerome joined the U.S. Army in February 1953. He was a private E-2 in the 44th Army, 129th Regiment Howe Company during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. On June 1, 1957, he married Marla Rae Janice Ferguson. They resided in Chatfield. Jerome was a home builder, and Marla Rae is a retired nursing assistant, a profession she worked in for 25 years. He was a lifetime member of the DVA (Disabled American Veterans Association) and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Jerome loved fishing, hunting and cabinet making.
He is survived by his wife, Marla Rae; his children, Tammy (Gregory) Bergan, of Rochester, Susan Finley, of Rochester, Dr. Steven Finley, of Cushing, Okla., Lori (Dan) Jay, of Rochester, and Lynn (Tom) Noll, of Minnetonka; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Jerry (JoAnne) Finley, of Chatfield, Janice (Robert) Haug, of Chatfield, Jack (Betty) Finley, of Chatfield, and Jewel (Doug) Dailey, of Pine River.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Murial and Andrew Finley; grandparents, CB and Edna St. Antoine; and a brother, Jim Finley.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mark Docken officiating. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery with military rites by the Chatfield VFW Post # 6913.
Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310.