Charles D. Finch


Charles D. Finch


Charles D. “Chuck” Finch, Jr. age 74 of Sauk Centre, formerly of Elk River and St. Cloud, died unexpectedly Monday, April 28, 2014, at his home.


A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Greg Paffel officiated with inurnment following in the parish cemetery.


Charles Dwane Finch, Jr., was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Sauk Centre to Charles and Anna (Pfieffer) Finch. He was raised in Sauk Centre and served in the Army National Guard. On June 8, 1959, he married Judith Gilbertson at the rectory of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.


Chuck was a chef and was known for his beautiful ice carvings. He was employed by St. Cloud State University until 1977, was then a traveling chef for ARA Food Service for five years before moving to the University of St. Thomas in 1982. He retired in 2004 and the couple moved back to Sauk Centre.


Chuck was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and a faithful participant at the Sr. Faustina Adoration Chapel for the past eight years.


Chuck was an avid fisherman and enjoyed duck hunting and camping with his family and friends. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Finch, of Sauk Centre; four children, Timothy Finch of Mound, Tracey (James) Johnson of Mora, Thomas Finch of Sauk Centre and Alicia (Geno) Kocur of Blaine; six grandchildren, Kati (David) Prantner, Ann Finch, Joseph Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Christopher Kukowski and Charlie Finch; two great-granddaughters, Alyce and Tirzah; sister and brother, Helen (Ed) Schramel of St. Cloud and Bob (Joan) Finch of Pueblo, Colo.; brothers-in-law, Larry (Isabel) Gilbertson of Sauk Centre and Neal (Stephanie) Gilbertson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Jo (Pat) Glinnon of Sauk Centre and Peggy Gilbertson of Richfield.


He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Michael on Dec. 17, 1959; sisters, Donna Mae Pimentol and Susan Bailey; and brother-in-law, James Gilbertson.

Serving as urn bearer was Joseph Johnson, cross bearer was Charlie Finch, scripture bearer was Joshua Johnson and honorary bearer was Christopher Kukowski.


Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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