source: unknown newspaper, Alaska, 2000 edition:
"Services to be Held Wednesday for Fred Henry Finsley, 78
Services have been scheduled for Fred Henry Finsley, a longtime Sitka resident who died Saturday at his home in Sitka. He was 78.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Charles Young officiating.
Burial will follow at Sitka National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Fred Dunlap, Travis Beauchamp, David Thompson, Stephen Burrett, Robert Laguire and Edward Ludlow.
Mr. Finsley was born March 29, 1922, in Dillon, Mont., the son of ranchers Guy E. and Myrtle Z. (Smith) Finsley.
He graduated from Forest Grove (Ore.) High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army, 41st Division, Infantry, from Sept. 4, 1940, until his discharge Sept. 30. 1944, as a sergeant. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, and earned a Purple Heart.
On April 18, 1944, he and Ruth James traveled from Forest Grove to Vancouver, Wash., to be married.
After his discharge he went to work as an accountant in the forest products industry. He worked first for Stimpson's Lumber in Forest Grove, and in 1955 began work for Clear Creek Logging Co. in the Eureka, Calif., area. When that company began operations in Alaska, he moved to Sitka, in 1960. He later worked for Larabee Logging, retiring in 1987.
He enjoyed sport fishing and gardening, and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving for 15 years in search and rescue. He also was an active member of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Finsley, Sitka; daughters Janet Livingston of Tucson, Ariz., Jean Thompson of Seattle, Christine Lee of Anchorage and Kathleen Finsley of Sitka; grandchildren JoAnn (Thompson) Burrett of Seattle, Hillary Dunlap of Juneau, Fred Dunlap of Anchorage, Travis Beauchamp of Everett, Wash., and Jessica Beauchamp of Sitka; and three great-grandchildren, Devyn House of Juneau, Shawn Beauchamp of Sitka and Katherine Burrett of Seattle.
He also is survived by a brother, Virgil Brown of King City, Ore., and a sister, Hazel Soderberg of Portland, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Sitka Community Hospital Home Health Agency or the United Methodist Church of Sitka."
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