Paul Frederick Finch, 94, a long-time resident of Grass Valley, CA died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Alder Grove Senior Living Center in Auburn, CA.
Born in Walden on December 6, 1919, he was the son of George David and Fannie (Rossman) Finch. He grew up on the Eli Finch farm in Denver.
In 1938 Paul went to Ohio to work for the Davy Tree Service as a tree surgeon. In 1941 he joined the Marine Corps and served throughout World War II, including at the battle of Guadalcanal, retiring with 20 years of service in 1961 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. After retiring he went to Viet Nam as an American advisor for several years.
Later, in the 1980s, he was a building contractor in Saudi Arabia and became the director for the King Fisal Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, setting up a hospital there, until the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991. He settled in California, first in Barstow, where was a property disposal officer.
Paul married twice but had no children. He married his first wife, Jean in 1949 and they divorced in the early 1970s. He married his second wife, Doris E. (Smith) (Johnson) Henderson in 1978. She passed away on January 22, 1998.
Paul Finch is predeceased by a brother, Albert Eli Finch of Saybrook, CT and two sisters, Madelyn Ruth (Finch) Blade of Hammond, IN, and Belva May (Finch) (Stokes) Baker of Tunkhannock, Pa.
He is survived by one sister, Madeline (Finch) O’Donnell of Waretown, NJ; a nephew, Paul Richard Finch of Palm Bay, FL; a niece, Joyce (Stokes) Crevier of Tunkhannock, PA plus other nieces and nephews.
Paul moved to Grass Valley, CA in 1989 and friends and neighbors got to love and adore his colorful sense of humor. He was proud of his service in the Marine Corps and always ended his phone conversations with “Semper Fi.”
His ashes will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA with full military honors at an undetermined date.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations in Paul’s memory to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.