Philip K. Finkle passed away in St. Louis, Mo., where he had resided for many years shortly after being admitted to St. Louis University Hospital on Aug. 8, 2017. He had been in declining health for some time, but suffered an unanticipated cardiac failure.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Harry M. Finkle in 1987 and Phyllis J. Finkle in 1995, as well as an infant sister who died shortly after her birth in 1938.
Phil was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on Jan. 7, 1943. His family moved to Burlington, Iowa, in 1949 and then to Danville, Ill., in 1950 where he attended Edison Grade School and Danville High School. He graduated from MacArthur High School after the family moved to Decatur when his father was appointed manager of the Carson Pirie Scott department store before becoming an investment advisor.
Phil graduated with honors from the University of Illinois and was an enthusiastic Fighting Illini fan all of his life, relying on Loren Tate to always tell the inside Illini sports story of the day or season. He also was a lifelong baseball fan becoming a die-hard Cubbies fan three years ago after decades of rooting for the Redbirds.
Phil served in the armored division of the U.S. Army in Germany, taking his honorable discharge in Germany to travel throughout Europe before returning to the United States.
Phil retired about 10 years ago after long stints working for a Champaign optical company and then Mueller Optical in St. Louis.
He loved his home in the Soulard Market neighborhood and took his daily walks through that area all of the years he resided there. He was a gifted student and a true intellectual who loved and devoured books and became a huge fan of the St. Louis Public Library. He was the author of several books of complex poetry, a music lover, a champion for the disadvantaged and a lifelong nature lover who always enjoyed Colorado and the Rockies. Material things meant very little to him and Henry David Thoreau would have recognized that he embodied that true independent American spirit.
He is survived by his brother, H. MIchael Finkle (Nanette) of Marco Island, Fla.; his sister Debra S. Wernli (Marc) of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; as well as niece Jennifer Martinez (Paul) of Dallas, Texas, and nephews M. Scott Finkle (Karen) of Spokane, Wash., and Gus Trujillo of Lakewood, Colo. He will be sadly missed by Judi Finkle of Naples, Fla.; great-nieces and great-nephews Michael Martinez of Dallas, Emma, Henry and Alice Finkle of Spokane, and Phil's long-time friend, Nancy Moenk of St. Charles, Ill.
A memorial service for the family will be held at a later date. The family requests that any memorials to honor Phil be sent to The Finkle Family Scholarship Fund, c/o the Danville Area Community College Foundation at 2000 E. Main St., Danville IL 61832, The Danville Public School Foundation at 516 N. Jackson, Danville, IL 61832 or any other organization of the donor's choice.
A great brother, uncle, friend and son, Phil will be missed deeply but remembered for his intellect, sharp wit and genuinely caring nature. Rest In peace good and faithful servant.
Published on August 14, 2017