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Richard David ‘Dick’ Finch

March 18, 2014

Richard David ‘Dick’ Finch

Richard David “Dick” Finch died March 4, 2014, in Bishop. He was 91.
He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in LaMoure, N.D., to Clarence L. and Bertha Simonson Finch. The family later moved to Bozeman, Mont., where Richard graduated from high school. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Montana, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46, including a tour of duty in the Philippines.
He married Kristine Hoverson on Sept. 29, 1945, in Bozeman and they enjoyed 67 happy years together. She died Oct. 1, 2012.
After receiving a master’s degree in physics from the University of Illinois in 1951, he accepted a job at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif., where he spent his career and the couple raised their four children. Four years ago Richard and Kristine moved from Ridgecrest to Sterling Heights assisted living facility in Bishop.
In 1964 the Finches were among the first families to build a vacation home in the Bishop Creek community of Aspendell, which became the site for many summer vacations and winter skiing expeditions to June Mountain and Mammoth. Family was everything to Richard, and he enjoyed nothing more than time spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong, wide-ranging reader, turning to recorded books after age stole his eyesight. He enjoyed working on cars and household projects, and could fix nearly anything.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Jean Winter; and brother, Phil; four children, Mary (Richard Rose) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Raymond (Becky) of Bishop and Carl and Donald (Kim), both of Ridgecrest; five grandsons, Curtis Lubben (Jayme), Kevin (Nina), Owen (Rachel) and Dan and Ryan Finch; and two great-granddaughters, Camryn and Kendall.
He is preceded in death by his wife; and a brother, Thomas.
A family memorial will be held at a later date.

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