Earl Dean Finnicum
Earl Dean Finnicum, 87, went home to be with the Lord May 15, 2009, surrounded by his family after a short illness.
Born Aug. 9, 1921, in Carrollton, he was a son of the late John Franklin and Mary Ellen (Henry) Finnicum.
He married Kathryn Ratliff Dec. 2, 1950. He was a man who loved his family dearly. He was Christian by faith and attended the Southern Baptist Church.
He was a conductor on the railroad, retiring from Conrail in 1983. He was a WWII veteran, serving from Aug. 24, 1942, until Oct. 26, 1945, as a Medical Aidman. During his time in the Army, he received three bronze battle stars, a good conduct medal, meritorious service unit award and the European-African-Middle East Theatre Medal.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn; a son, Mark (Lisa and Tyler); daughter, Ellen; granddaughter, Keirsten; dog, Buddy and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Marguerite, Eugene and Wilma and Carl and Peggy and half-sisters, Elizabeth Gotschall and Margaret Long.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to all the nurses, aides and staff of Schoenbrunn Healthcare Center for the loving care they gave Earl.
Funeral services were held May 18 in Allmon-Dugger-Cotton Funeral Home with Pastor Charlie Winter officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery with full military honors by VFW, DAV and American Legion.