Lewis Gene (Finch) Fincham passed away at 5:15 a.m. on November 1, 2020 at Arbor Rose, Monticello. Funeral service will be Wednesday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. with Masonic Rites by Western Star Lodge #240 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory, Urbana.. Burial will at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mayview with military rites by American Legion Post 71, Urbana and United States Airforce.
Gene was born August 4, 1934 in Champaign, the son of Earl H. and Reba M. (Kelley) Fincham. He married Mary Ellen Jester August 27, 1971 at Champaign. He is survived by his wife, daughter, Tracy Susan Thurman, Champaign, granddaughter, Kara Atkins, Champaign, nephews Lou Fincham, Monticello and Jack Fincham, Phoenix, AR, several great nieces and great nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Champaign High School in 1954. He served in the US Airforce in Wichita Falls, TX, Hawaii and Guam. He worked for Illinois Central Railroad for 50 years retiring in 1996. He worked various jobs while on the railroad. Gene was a two gallon Blood Donor and also donated Blood Foreisis. He was a 50 year member of Western Star Masonic Lodge #240 AFAM, 32 degree Valley of Danville Scottish Rite, ANSAR Shrine, Illini Shrine Club. At one time he was in charge of the parade car for the organization. Life Member of American Legion Post 71, Urbana, Life Member of VFW Post 5520, Champaign, Life Member of AMVETS Post 3, Champaign. He volunteered at Provena and Carle Foundation Hospitals. He was a volunteer driver for the VA Hospital through local VFW. At one time he taught CPR through the local Chapter of the Red Cross.
Memorial Contributions my be made to Shriners Children Hospital, 4400 Clayton Ave, St. Louis, MO or the Champaign County Humane Society, 911 E. Main, Urbana.
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