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John Howard Finley

December 12, 1936 — March 25, 2024

Alpine, Texas

John Howard Finley of Alpine, TX passed away Monday, March 25th in El Paso, Texas at 87 years old. John was born on December 12, 1936 in Marfa, TX to Mae Howard and Merrit Finley. He will be forever remembered as a great husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

Recalling his childhood, he described it as wild and free. He was full of stories of mischief. He often told his grandsons of days filled with horseback riding along the river near Presidio and swimming the day away (he said back then he stayed as bare backed as his horse in case the opportunity to jump in presented itself). he recalled riding his donkey all over Marfa and later on racing cars and chasing rabbits with his friends. He got himself in plenty of trouble but somehow avoided even more. He said there were only 2 rules you absolutely didn't break and that was to not be late for dinner and don't sass your momma. 

On January 13th, 1957, he married the love of his life Ethelene Roberts, and they embarked a whole new adventure. Together they built a family and a legacy to be proud of. John was just as loyal to his career as he was his family working for south western bell telephone and retiring after 42 years of dedicated service. He was a very outgoing man who was always glad you got to see him. He was an avid sportsman known for participating in mountain man rendezvous and contest, hiking, fishing and hunting. He was heavily involved in the annual Bloys camp meeting and was over joyed to share that love with his grandkids and great grand kids.

John was very passionate and outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ, he never missed a chance to bring a friend or family member to a prayer meeting. He and his wife were members of Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Alpine, Texas. 

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sister Marzee Mickelson, and his grandson Justin Walker. 

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ethelene Finley, his oldest son; John Finley Jr. and wife Nell of Alpine, TX, his son; James Finley and partner John Sternlicht of Anacortes, WA, his son; Ronnie Finley and wife Colleen of Nampa, ID, and daughter Tammy Walker of Alpine, TX. 

He had 14 grandchildren: Carlton Finley, Jeremy Sternlicht, David Sternlicht, Miles Walker, Alex Bustilos, Leslie Robinson, Naomi McElroy, Penny Walker, David Finley, Clayton Walker, Rachel Finley, Rebecca Finley, John Walker, and Daniel Finley along with their husbands, wives, and children including 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Christian Fellowship church in Alpine, Texas on March 30, 2024 at 10:00 AM. 

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Services have been entrusted to Alpine Memorial Funeral Home in Alpine, Texas.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

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