Terry D Finke

August 12, 1947 ~ February 5, 2020 (age 72)


Terry D. Finke, 72, of Celina, and formerly of Saint Marys, died February 5, 2020, at Tidewell Hospice in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

He was born  August 12, 1947, in Celina, Ohio, the son of Clifford and Rosebelle (Boyer) Finke.


He married Joyce Brodbeck on October 5, 1968, at Zion Lutheran Church in Saint Marys; she survives at the residence.

He is also survived by his sons: Greg (Jennifer) Finke of Hamilton, Ohio; Matthew (Christine) Finke of Cincinnati; Eric (Leah) Finke of Sidney. He is survived by his ten grandchildren: Lucas; Cameron; Megan; Logan; Emma; Olivia; Rebecca; Landon; Truett and Lily.

He is survived by his siblings: Jeannie (Charles) McMullen of Beavercreek, Ohio; Eve (Ron) Compton of Saint Marys.


He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Vonalee Martin.


Terry was a 1965 graduate of Saint Marys Memorial High School. He was a veteran of the US Army, having served in Vietnam from 1967-68.

He was the retired Superintendent of Elm Grove and Gethsemane Cemeteries in Saint Marys and the owner of Finke Vault Company and Saint Marys Marble and Granite.


He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Saint Marys, where he had served as vice-president, trustee and deacon on the church council. He  was an associate member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida.

He was an NRA certified rifle instructor with the Saint Marys Junior Rifle Team for 36 years. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and West Ohio Fish and Game Club. He was the distinguished Past President of the Saint Marys Kiwanis Club.

After Terry retired, he took up golf and travelling. He enjoyed spending his winters in Sarasota. He was an avid scuba diver and enjoyed diving with the sharks in Freeport, Bahamas.


Funeral rites will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Saint Marys, the Reverend Bill Maki, officiant. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 P.M. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Saint Marys, where memorial gifts may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church Roof Fund.

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February 14, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Miller Funeral Home, Ohio 703 West Chapel
1605 Celina Rd.
St. Marys, OH 45885

Funeral Rites
February 15, 2020

10:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
210 North Wayne Street
Saint Marys, Ohio 45885

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