NOTE: I am very distantly related/connected to the following Ray Franklin FINNEY (1937-1970) through the STRICKLE surname.
Following news article published "Spfld (O.) News-Sun", Sunday, October 18, 1970, Pg 10A:
Springfield Man, Two
Others Die in Crashes
Ray Franklin Finney, 32, of 510
S. Belmont av., was killed in-
stantly early Saturday in a one-
car accident on Robert Pike.
Clark County Sheriff deputies
said they received a call at 5:48
a.m. Saturday reporting that a
car had left the road and crashed
into a tree.
Investigation by Sheriff depu-
ties indicated that Finney was
traveling west on Robert pike
and, on approaching a curve in
the road, apparently lost control.
The car slammed into the yard
at 4264 Robert pike, stricking a
mailbix and finaly colliding with
Tire track showed that Finney
traveled approximately 92 feet
before hitting the tree, deputies
said. The Coroner's office was
investigating the crash Saturday.
Finney was born May 6, 1937,
in Springfield, the son of Claence
Ray and Mary L. Strickle Finney
and attended the Frst Church of
He was employed as an as-
sembler at International Har-
Survivors incled his wife,
Honey Sue; four children, Kim-
berly nn, Jeffery Ray, Michael
Todd and Terry Lee; his parents,
Mr. And Mrs. Clarence Finney of
Enon; paternal grandmother,
Lula Finney of Springfield; two
sisters, Mrs Carol Jean Sparks of
Tennessee, and Mrs. Sandra Louise
Lewis of Ebon; and two brothers,
Larry Edward and Teddy Baron,
both of Ebon.
The body ws taken to Lit-
tleton's Funeral Home where
friends may call 3 to 5 p.m. and
7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Services will
be held on Tuesday, the time will
be announced later.
Two others were killed in
Springfield area traffic accidents
late Friday and early Saturday.
John Earl Sheely, 22 of Belle-
fountaine, was killed and his auto
demolished about 3 a.m. Satur-
day when he lost control of the
vehicle while driving on S.Main
st, and it struck a tree, officers
said. He recently was discharged
from the Army after a tour of
duty in South Vietnam.
Funeral services will be held
Monday at 2 p.m. at the Eich-
holtzFuneral Home in Bellefon-
taine for Sheeley.
City police said the car, bear-
inging liscense plates issued in Lan-
caters, O., skidded more that 300
feet on the newly-surfaced street,
before stricking the tree. Sheeley
was making his home with his
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas L. McWade, in Union
Township, and was not yet em-
He is survived by his father,
Earl C. Sheeley of Bellfontaine;
his mother, Mrs. Don Kessler.
Lancaster, O., brother's Sam,
Bellefontaine,and Tom, West
Liberty, Route 1, and a sister,
Mrs. Barry (Cherl) Thompson,
Columbus, O., and his maternal
Logan County Coroner Fred W.
Kylor said death was caused b
Massive fractures and lacerations
ad was instant. City firemen as-
sited in removing the body from
the smashed car.
The funeral services will be in
charge of Rev. Walter Radulo-
vich oh the Fisrt United Prresby-
terian Church and burial will be
in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Calling
hours at the funeral home are 2
to 4 and 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
A 19-year-old girl was fatally
injured when she fell from the
cab of a semi tractor-trailer at
10:20 p.m. Friday on Interstate
70 in Franklin County just west
of the Rome-Hillard rd., the
London post of the State Highway
She was a passenger in an
Allied moving van driven by
Richard Jefferson, 24, of Cleve-
land. He told officers that the girl
went to sleep in the heated cab.
Awakening and apparently not
realizing where she was, she
opened the door of the truck and
fell to the pavement, he said. The
truck driver was permitted to
proceed to Cleveland pending an
investigation of the accident.
The girl was officially pro-
nounced dead apparently of head
injuries, upon arrival at Colum-
bus Rverside Hospital.