Fred W. Finch, 91, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Riverview Health Services in Flandreau.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Flandreau. Burial is in Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at Skroch Funeral Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Fred was born June 16, 1921, in Dell Rapids to Fred L. and Lulu (Bixler) Finch. He grew up in Dell Rapids and then moved with his family to Madison, where he graduated from Madison High School in 1940.
Fred enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served in South America during World War II Following his discharge, he married Reva M. Anderson on Feb. 28, 1947, in Castlewood.
Fred then worked in Seattle for a year and then they moved back to Moody County, where he farmed.
In 1956 Fred began his career with Morrell’s in Sioux Falls as a mule driver until his retirement in 1982.
Fred and Reva traveled and spent 21 winters in Texas. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing pool and cards and riding his scooter.
Fred was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Flandreau, a life-time member of the Brookings Elks, the Moose Lodge of Sioux Falls, Kelley-Porter American Legion Post No. 70, Flandreau and the Moody County VFW Post No. 3351.
He is survived by a brother-in-law, Kenneth Anderson of Dell Rapids, 5 nieces and nephews; 10 great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva; five sisters and an infant brother.
For online condolences, visit www.skrochfc.com.