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Obituary for Allen "Al" B. Finch
Allen B. “Al” Finch, age 76, passed away on November 23rd at home after a period of declining health. Al was born on March 14, 1934 in Portland, Oregon to Margaret L. (Seeley) and M. Blaine Finch. Al attended Kennedy Grade School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951. After graduation, Al attended Oregon State University on a U.S. Bank Work Study Scholarship Program. He was an active member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. On December 27th, 1956 Al married Barbara A. Harris in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1957, Al graduated from O.S.U. with a B.S. in Business and began his lifetime employment with U.S. Bank. Al graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 1972. Al and Barbara raised four children. In 1969, after a variety of positions with U.S. Bank, Al and his family moved to Brookings when he became a branch manager at the local U.S. Bank. Al remained manager of the Brookings Branch for 14 years, accepting an early retirement package in 1982. Due to his age at retirement, Al is rumored to be the youngest to retire from the bank. Al was involved in many local organizations such as Rotary, Elks, Port of Brookings and the Brookings Booster Club. He helped to develop the local Pop Warner Football program. In 1981, Al was awarded an Oregon Business Leader of the Year for the Brookings-Harbor area. Al had a few other jobs in and around the area, but settled into full retirement in 2003. After divorcing in 1989, Al was fortunate to find love again with Joanne Leibrand. They were married in Reno, Nevada on April 28th, 1990. Al and Joni enjoyed many activities in the Brookings area; bowling, gardening and a quick trip to play a machine or two. Al is survived by his wife Joni, daughter Susan A. of Eugene, Oregon; Carol M. of Burbank, California; Jennifer N. of Brookings, Oregon; Julie J. and husband Harry of Portland, Oregon; and sons Jerald A. and wife Susan A. of Lindale, Texas; and Craig L. and wife Tracy M. of Issaquah, Washington; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, sister Jane L. and husband Darrel Krueger of Tacoma, Washington. We remember our dad’s sincere smile, forgiving brown eyes, and quick joke. We will always treasure our trips to the beach, Oregon State Fair, and Loeb State Park. We will miss him tremendously; his stories of the local weather, blooming azaleas and favorite game show questions. None of us had a friend who was not a friend of our fathers.