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Rev. David B. Finley

April 11, 1934 — January 2, 2021

Rev. David B. Finley, age 86, of Paullina who passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society in LeMars, Iowa. His funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Archer United Methodist Church.

Burial will be held at Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina.

Visitation with no family present will be from 5 - 7 P.M. on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

Masks will be required at both the funeral home and church.


April 11, 1934
Faribault, Minnesota
January 2, 2021
LeMars, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 16, 2021
Archer United Methodist Church; Archer, Iowa
Rev. Kevin Gingerich & Pastor Jacob Sandholm

“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
“How Great Thou Art”
“In The Garden”
“Battle Hymn Of The Republic”

Diana Silva Ana Finley
Eric Finley Kelvin Finley
Benjamin Finley Shannon Tesch
Michelle Hemmingson Meghan Finley

Prairie View Cemetery
Paullina, Iowa

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to:
Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Arrangements are under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa.

Rev. David Bertram Finley, the son Llewellynn “L.H.” and Joyce (Woods) Finley, was born on April 11, 1934 in Faribault, Minnesota. He received his education from Peetz, Colorado, graduating in 1952. He furthered his education at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, graduating in 1954. On September 26, 1954 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Opal L. Scheel in Sterling, Colorado. During his college breaks, he followed his father’s footsteps and worked for the CB&Q Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railway. When Dave felt the calling to become a minister, he continued his undergraduate at Westmar College in LeMars, IA, graduating in 1958 and then went on to the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois. In 1962 Dave was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which in 1968 merged with the Methodist church and became the United Methodist Church. Dave faithfully served the Lord in fifteen parishes throughout four states before his retirement and performed countless marriages and baptisms within his family. In 1998, the couple moved to Paullina, IA for their retirement years. Even after retirement he continued serving as interim and guest minister at parishes in and around the Paullina community. In Dave and Opal’s 66 years of marriage they resided in twenty-nine towns in five different states and lived a faithful and devoted life together. David passed away with his wife by his side on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Society in LeMars, Iowa reaching the age of 86 years, 8 months, and 21 days.
He was most recently a member of the Archer United Methodist Church. Dave was known for his infectious smile and love of God and family. He
was a devoted husband and father and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He enjoyed the Colorado mountains, fishing, camping, golfing, horseshoes, card games, especially Rook and he loved his rocking chairs.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Opal; children and their spouses, David Jr. (Jessie) Finley of Fort Collins, Colorado, Terri Lynn (Terry) Tesch of Granville, Iowa, Douglas (Joanne) Finley of Larkspur, Colorado; eight grandchildren, Eric (Erika) Finley, Kelvin (Airreanna) Finley, Diana Silva (Eric Payton), Ana Finley, Benjamin Finley, Shannon (Katie) Tesch, Michelle (Travis) Hemmingson and Meghan Finley; twelve great grandchildren; brother, Richard (Kay) Finley; sister, LouEllen (Greg) Wood; sister-in-law, Holly Finley; and many other relatives and friends.
David was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Rachael Finley and three brothers, Jerry, Leland and Clair Finley.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, January 15, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street , Paullina, IA 51046

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

Archer United Methodist Church

309 Harriman Ave., Archer, IA 51231

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