Richard H. Finken


Richard H. “Dick” Finken, age 96 of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Sauk Centre, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Chandler. 

Services are being planned for a later date. 

Richard Finken was born Oct. 27, 1917, to Frank and Frances (Stangler) Finken in St. Anthony where he lived until he was 15 and then moved with his family to Sauk Centre. On Sept. 27, 1940, he married Thelma Olson Lais in Milbank, S.D. The couple resided in Sauk Centre until 1942, when they moved to San Francisco, Calif., where he was employed by the Kaiser Shipyards for three years. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until August 1946, when he was discharged as a Master Sergeant. The couple returned to Sauk Centre where he was employed at Home Gas Company and Texgas Corp. for 32 years. He retired in 1980. He also worked part-time at the Main Street and Sky-Vue Theaters from 1950 to 1992. Thelma died on May 19, 1995.

Dick married Veronica “Vicky” (Lais) Mesna on April 1, 1997, in Little Falls. The couple moved to Oceanside, Calif., in 1998. They moved to Chandler, Ariz., in 2010. Dick enjoyed fishing and had a real passion for gardening and landscaping his “hill” in California.

He was a former member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Bishop Busch Council 4863 Knights of Columbus and Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica “Vicky” Mesna Finken of Bloomington; son, James (Phoebe) Finken of Mesa, Ariz.; grandson, Richard Finken and great-granddaughter, Madison, granddaughter, Ranae (Jim) Kuich, and great-grandson, Jordan, all of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Lidvina Vener and Dorothy Hoeschen, both of Sauk Centre.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thelma Finken; brothers, Philip, John and Peter Finken; sisters, Veronica Feldewerd, Theckla Frie, Dina Ostendorf, Minnie Hollenkamp, Rose Pfieffer and Cecilia Hedglin.

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