Berle E. Finkey

Berle E. Finkey

Berle passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 14, 1926 in Augusta, the son of Lloyd and Pearl Finkey. Berle spent his childhood in Augusta and Delton with his brother, Louis and sister, Margaret. He graduated from Delton High School in 1946 and then served in the U.S. Army during WWII as military police in New York City. For 32 years he had worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company until his retirement.

In his free time Berle enjoyed taking bus trips, gardening and working on his cars.

Surviving are his son, Dale Finkey; granddaughter, Elizabeth Finkey, niece, Sherrie (Matt) Storbeck and 3 nephews, Jeff, Mike and Doug. In 1989 he married Florence Irene (Blue) Snow who also survives along with her son, Paul (Theresa) Snow; grandchildren; Nathan (Kallin) Snow, Caitlin (Justin) Nolan and Jared (Stephanie) Snow.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lloyd (Cathy) Finkey; siblings, Louis Finkey and Margaret (Larry) French; first wife, Jean; step-son, Gordon Snow and special cousin, Priscilla Bevans.

Friends he remembered and wished to thank are James Platt and James Yerchek who had worked with Berle at Michigan Bell Telephone Company; friends Dale Blanchard and Karen Baker. According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Berle may be made to Michigan Bell Telephone Pioneers, 3566 Michael Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509.

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  1. Mrs. Jim (Patti) Hewitt says:

    So sorry to come across Berle’s obituary. Hadn’t realized that you moved to Friendship Village. 30 years is a long time of married life to have accumulated a lot of special memories. Thanks to you for your help over the years with the Lions Club in Otsego. Be kind and gentle with yourself Flo, as you have suffered a heartbreaking loss.

  2. Adjutant Gillespie says:


    Your service to the Nation and to your fellow veterans will never be forgotten. Thank you. Rest in Peace.

    Our sympathy and thoughts are with your family,


    Your fellow veterans at American Legion, Joseph B. Westnedge Post 36.

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