William R. “Bill” Finley went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2013.
Bill was born May 16, 1930, in Aurora, Colorado. He attended Colorado A&M where he received a degree in Forestry Entomology. He then entered flight school at Goodfellow Airforce Base in San Angelo Texas. There, he met his beautiful wife Patsy Shearer, they were married for 58 years.
He became a flight instructor, a Vietnam War Veteran and a pilot for Delta Airlines. He then retired to his ranch in 1985 after a 33 year career in Aviation. With his wife Patsy, he took his family on a fantastic life journey, living in Japan, California, Colorado and then Texas. He was always busy with his many projects including his cows, and almost always some kind of building project.
He loved his grandchildren, spending time teaching them things only a grandfather can. He had a special relationship with his daughter Becky who would often help him with tasks around the house and at the Ranch. All his life he had a passion for those in need and where he could share his passion for God and his belongings. More than once he brought teenagers to live with his family while they needed help. He also took up Missionary work in Ukraine and Mexico, collecting clothes and money to build churches and schools.
After his retirement, he became a Baptist Minister and traveled around central Texas preaching and helping those in need. Bill taught his children and those around him to love God, to have passion in your life, to work hard, to believe in yourself and your abilities, and to give of yourself and your possessions to those in need. Bill made a difference. He leaves this world a better place because of what he did and how he treated those around him.
Bill is survived by his wife Patsy, children Becky Finley, Jim Finley and his wife Charlotte; sister Mary Lou Finley, his grandchildren, Ashley Finley, Reverend Nathan Mahand, Amber Finley, Ryan Mahand and Austin Finley. He is preceded in death by his daughter Sarah Finley Mahand and brother Richard Finley.
Services were held at 10:00am Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Brady with Reverend Nathan Mahand officiating. Interment followed with military honors at Gooch Cemetery in Mason. The family received friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Brady.
Friends may sign the online memorial guest book at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William R. “Bill” Finley Memorial Account at the Commercial National Bank, P.O. Box 591, Brady, Texas 76825.
Arrangements Entrusted To Leatherwood Memorial Chapels