OBITUARY

Ralph Emerson Finney Jr.

May 18, 1932March 21, 2014
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Ralph Emerson Finney Jr.

A memorial service for Ralph E. Finney will be held at 1 pm, Friday April 11, at the Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 East Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler AZ. A reception will follow the service. Internment will be at 2:30 pm at their Garden Walk.

Born and raised in Denver to Ralph Sr. and Gay Finney, Ralph Jr. went on to graduate from Colorado University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Shortly after graduation, Ralph married Patricia Wilfley and they established their home in Los Angeles California, where he eventually settled in a position as an Aeronautical Engineer with the Aerospace Corporation. Ralph and Pat raised their children on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It was during this time he enjoyed coaching baseball, family vacations and the beach. In 1972 he was transferred to the Seattle area were he made his home in Bellevue Washington. There he finished raising his family, golfing, travelling and loving on his grandchildren. In 1997 Ralph retired from Aerospace and soon after took up permanent residence in Sun Lakes, Arizona where he has resided until now.

Ralph will be missed by many. He was a great dad, grandfather and friend. He truly enjoyed people and believed in and encouraged everyone that he would meet. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia and son Peter. His survivors include his daughter Elizabeth (Roy) Matson, grandchildren Nathaniel (Annelise) Matson and Melinda (John) Michaud, and special friend Joyce Eagle.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest remembrances in Ralph Finney’s named made to the Fishers Center For Alzheimer Research 199 Water St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038 or online at www.alzinto.org

Services

  • ~ Memorial Service ~ Friday, April 11, 2014
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Ralph Emerson Finney Jr.

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April 15, 2015

Last we saw of Ralph was in 2008 when we moved to Little Elm, Texas. He and Joyce were great people to play golf with in Sun Lakes. Cathy and Frank Miller

April 8, 2014

We were fortunate to know Ralph, meeting him through mutual friends. We loved his sense of humor and he had the sweetest smile and sparkly eyes. We were glad to spend some fun times with him and Joyce in Park City as well as Sun Lakes.. We will miss him. Ursula & Ray Elze

April 8, 2014

We feel so blessed that our travel agent put us in contact with Ralph and Joyce before the Panama Canal cruise we were all taking. We cannot ever think of that trip without remembering Ralph - every night at dinner - perusing the menu before deciding, "I'll have the salmon." Ralph was a true gentleman, and a gentle man. We will miss him. Dennis and Paula

April 8, 2014

Our friendship has been during the last 15 years. What a lovely man. He will be remembered with such fondness. Barbara

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