Tom “Pat” Finch
Tom “Pat” Finch, 76, of Merrillan passed peacefully at his home Jan. 18. He was born Oct. 28, 1942, in Oakdale to Tom and Beatrice Finch. Pat was a truck driver for over 30 years. He was very passionate about his horse team Gus and Gib. He attended many pulling competitions, fairs and trail rides. He also enjoyed cutting wood, reading, farming, playing the accordion, four-wheeling and watching semis drive by. Pat is survived by his daughters, Tammy Strandberg, Patti Junk (Matt Murray), Gina Klean (Scott Archer), Paula Straubel (Jimmy), Tasha Brueggan (Tim) and Tanya Stewart (Larry); 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents,Pat was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Reichenbach and Ginger Rupnow; brother Glen Finch; and grandson Gage Stewart. There will be a private funeral and burial services. Final resting place will be the Mentor Cemetery.