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Owen Riley Finch

Owen R. Finch passed away Wednesday evening, March 22, 2006, in Las Vegas, due to complications from a stroke. He was 86 years old. Born in Hope, N.M., on Aug. 2, 1919, Owen moved with his family to Kingman in 1922. Except for a few short absences, Owen lived in Kingman the majority of his life.

At the beginning of World War II, he moved to Los Angeles to work in the defense industry as an aircraft aluminum welder in support of the war effort. Later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until the end of the war.

When he returned to Kingman after the war, he entered into business, first in sporting goods followed by dry cleaning and eventually laundry, dry cleaning and uniform rentals. Owen left those businesses behind in the late ’70s and embarked on a new career as a real estate salesman for Highland Realty. After 17 years of real estate sales, he finally retired in 1994. Since that time, he kept busy helping and enjoying his family and many friends, writing poetry and water witching. He has been a longtime member of the American Legion and a 65-year member of the Kingman Elks Lodge.

Owen was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie; daughters, Debra and Janine; brothers, Arlise and Art; and sisters, Babe and Lois. He is survived by his brother, Charles and wife Eleanor; his son, Owen Jr., and wife Kolette; grandsons, Keving (Raven), Brian and Steve and his wife Kim. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Kristen and Cole, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave., Kingman, with visitation preceding the service at noon. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman. Pastor Michael Bryant will conduct the services. Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.