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Oak Lawn Funeral Home

619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

SGM Glen W. Finley, U.S. Army (Ret)

December 27, 1930August 31, 2019
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Glen W. Finley, was born on December 27, 1930 and passed away on August 31, 2019.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 5, 2019

Memories

SGM Glen W. Finley, U.S. Army (Ret)

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Donald Finley,Jr.

September 12, 2019

My Letter to Papaw

Well here gos my letter to the one of the greatest men that raised me aside from my dad. Papaw I remember many things about you but to think of my most fondest one well is going to be very hard an difficult as there are so many so let me see here, going to aunt Fay's and going hunting up there with you and seeing great grandma Daisy I so loved see all the fam ..I think the best memory I have was when I lived here an u taught me how to fish an we would go to the bay all the time an ohhh yes I can't forget the catfish i cought out at Mr. Craddles in his pond now me being 9 or 10 that thing was huge it broke my bamboo pole lol an then winding the fishing line around my left hand an carrying to papaw an hollered I got it papaw it's the biggest fish I ever got look it's as big as me an papaw just laughed at me an said well son it's definitely as big as you for sure ..an all I could do was smile as papaw said that was a great job catching that big one an reeling it in ..An lil did I know that all this time Papaw was teaching me the ways of life an how to be a young man an the ways of the world for when I grow up an I credit Papaw for much of this ..i love u papaw an I'm so going to miss u...love your Grandson Donny...

Fred Finley

September 7, 2019

Miss you grandpa I wish I was able to be there to see you again I truely am. May you rest in peace and be with grandma again. Love you
Love always fred finley

Jadyn Merrill

September 6, 2019

I didn’t know Pa-paw Glen that well until around June of 2016. That’s when momma Debbie had excepted me as her own and raised me for three years now. I had only met Pa-paw Glen maybe two or three times. But today 9-5-19 I learned so many things about him. From how he met mamaw, to what he did, how he lived, how he raised his kids. I may have not known this man well. But TODAY I will always remember how loving, caring, smart, strong, hard headed, funny, and so many more things he was. As his memories may had began to fade, ours will always remember him. I most of all will. I didn’t know him like the others. I didn’t grow up knowing him. But from what I learned today..... I will forever remember: no matter what happened or the struggle he fought for every bit. I had met so many wonderful people today from my so called “Momma” who raised me better than mine ever had , that I can call family. I never got to say much to you Mr. Glen, but thank you so so so very much for putting your daughter: Debra Kay Finley into this world. Without her I may have never met you or this new chapter of my life with people who I can call FAMILY. From two new sisters, to a caring mother, to a beautiful niece named Gracelyn. Thank you so much; Mr. Glen/pa-paw.

Katheryn Maguire

September 5, 2019

I love you Grandpa!

Erva Mitchell

September 2, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Finley family at this most difficult time. You never forget your loved ones, but it does get easier with time. Know that Uncle Glen and Aunt Sis are together again and are a peace.

Joan Mackinson-Silbaugh

September 2, 2019

To the Finley family I wish to Express my deepest sympathy on the passing of Uncle Glen. It is always hard to lose the ones we love, but I am sure Aunt Sis was waiting to greet him on the other side. My thoughts and prayers to all during this difficult time.

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Biography

I cut timber until January 1949, when I joined the U.S. Army. After basic training, I was stationed in Maryland. I went into Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on a pass one evening and went to the roller rink. As I was skating, a girl in front of me fell. I picked her up and started making conversation. That was November 1950. I married Myrtle Mae Tressler June 24, 1951.
I got orders to go to Korea in 1952 and had to leave Myrtle, who was eight months pregnant, with her parents. I spent eighteen months in Korea. In the summer of 1954 she joined me at Fort Lee, Virginia. My next tour was in France.
When I had to leave for Vietnam, I moved my family to Ashland, Kentucky. When I returned stateside, I had an oppressive 1st Sergeant, so I volunteered for a second tour in Vietnam, which was shortened to eleven months because my wife was hospitalized. I was transferred to Virginia where I was discharged with a thirty year service record. I took some training in mechanics under the GI Bill and worked a while, but I soon retired completely.
Myrtle and I were married 56 years. She died July 24, 2007. We had seven children - five boys and two girls: Glen, Don, John, Daisy, Larry, Jay and Debbie.

-Glen W. Finley