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Richard Finn

By The Mercury

Richard Finn, 80, of Manhattan died Monday at Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1933, in Manhattan. He was the son of John G. Finn Sr. and Mary Emma (Holderbauer) Finn.

Richard was a lifetime area resident where he attended local schools, graduating from Manhattan Senior High School in 1952.

For many years he worked for the Manhattan Fire Department as a firefighter and later as a dispatcher.  He then went to work for the Manhattan City Street Department until his retirement.

Richard was a former member of the Manhattan Eagles Club. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed collecting coins and camping.  Richard served with the Kansas Army National Guard for seven years from 1952 until 1959.  Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed participating in all family activities.  He was a true “family man.”

On Aug. 24, 1975, in Zeandale he was united in marriage to the former Phyliss Neyer. She survives of St. George. Richard is also survived by six children, Alonna Finn of Manhattan, Dierdra Green and husband Tim, St. George, William Finn of Manhattan, Gloria Richards and husband Dan, St. George, Nancy Runions of Osborne, and Karen Watkins of Bakersfield, Calif.; three sisters, Phyllis Thomas of California, Mary Lou Pizzanelli of Arizona, and Genevieve J. Wertzberger of Florida; six grandchildren, Amanda McConnaughey, Dakota and Dutch Finn, Cindy Hill, Julie Bernardi, and Chris Litz; and nine great-grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; by one son, Earl Watkins; by a grandson, John Runions Jr.; by three sisters; and by three brothers.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Harvest Baptist Church, 2615 Farm Bureau Road, Manhattan. Pastor Stephen Henderson will be officiating. 

On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorials have been established for the Alzheimer’s Disease Association and for the Tuttle Creek Lake Association-Youth Fishing Clinic.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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