Bradford D. Finch, 96

Bradford D. Finch, 96, of Golden Valley, Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Cokato, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Cokato Manor Chapel, in Cokato. The family will greet friends one-half hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Montana.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Brad was born June 5, 1917, in West Union, IA, to Aulden Duane and Xanta (Talcott) Finch. He graduated from West Union High School, and attended both Luther College and the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in law.

During World War II, Brad served on board the USS Merick, later becoming a LTCMDR in the US Naval Air Corps as a flight instructor.

Brad worked into his 90s, having his own insurance agency, Brad’s Insurance Business, VIP, which featured estate planning and annuities for individuals, school districts, and businesses.

Brad enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fly fishing, blazing trails on his 4-wheeler and dirt bikes, and endless summers at the cabin in Montana.

He also especially enjoyed Saturday morning Bible study with the “guys” in Cokato, and the loving care he received from his caregivers at Cokato Manor.

Brad was preceded in death by his wife, “Frankie;” and sister, “Betty” Schroder of Bellevue, WA.

He is survived by his children, daughter Cathie (Skip) Hall of Annandale; son John (Debbie) Finch of Brooklyn Park; and six grandchildren: Britt Stroup and son, E.J.; Tucker (Emily) Hall and daughters, Clara, Naomi and June; Emily (Justin) Kolflat and sons, Jeremy and Robbie; Tracy (Andre) Levin and son, Henrik; Allison (Luke) Eppard and sons, Drew and Jack; and Jamie (Megan) Finch.

Brad is further survived by nieces Heather Adams, Diane Zehnder, Betsy Adams, and Robin Robertson, and their families in the Pacific Northwest; special cousins, Charlane Macon and Ronald Finch of Florida; along with a multitude of special and dear friends in Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, and Germany.

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