Harry Michael Finkle
Mike Finkle passed away unexpectedly February 11, 2020, at Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Fla., with his wife, Nanette, by his side.
Mike was born in Muscatine, Iowa, to Harry and Phyllis Finkle (deceased) on November 24, 1940. He was one of four children, the first born; a sister who died shortly after birth; a brother, Philip (deceased); and a sister, Debbie (Marc) Wernli of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
The family moved to Danville, Ill., when Mike was 10 years old. He attended Edison Grade School and graduated from Danville High School in 1958. After graduation, he attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston earning a B.S. in business administration in 1962.
While attending EIU, he met Judith Politte of Granite City, Ill. They were married in 1962 and had two children, Jennifer (Paul) Martinez of Dallas, Texas, and M. Scott (Karen) Finkle of Spokane, Wash. They were blessed with four grandchildren, Michael (Morgan) Martinez of Colorado, Springs, Colo., and Emma, Henry and Alice Finkle of Spokane. Mike and Judith were later divorced and in February 2014 he remarried Nanette Rice Finkle, who survives him and resides in their home in Hideaway Beach on Marco Island, Fla.
Mike was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his new extended family, Alexander (Fabiana) White and their children, Gabriela and Enzo of Houston, Texas, Christopher White of Chicago, and Elizabeth (Brett) Irle of Danville.
He was employed by Illinois Power Co. from 1962-1967 before joining Tabor Securities in August 1967. In 1972, Tabor was acquired by Rowland & Co. of St. Louis. Mike left Rowland in 1987 to join the Blunt, Ellis and Loewi Division of Kemper Securities. In January 1995, he joined Dean Witter, which later merged to become Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He resigned from Morgan Stanley to join Raymond James in September of 2006. As the Senior Partner for Financial Legacy Partners of Raymond James, he and his team served clients in 30 states from their offices in Danville and Marco Island.
In January 2015, Mike retired from his position as a Senior Vice President of Investments after a 47-year career as a financial advisor to individuals, families and not-for-profit organizations.
During his investment career, Mike graduated from the Wharton School two-year Senior Account Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania, headed by Dr. Jeremy Siegel, a leading stock market historian and professor. He also was a graduate of the American College Estate Planning Program, also based at the college in Philadelphia.
Mike was cited on numerous occasions for his outstanding business achievements and service to his clients and his community. In 1992, he was one of six advisors named to the Broker Hall of Fame by Research Magazine, an investment trade publication. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Eastern Illinois University School of Business and served on the School's Advisory Board. He later was elected to the EIU Foundation, where he served as president. The EIU Foundation honored Mike last spring with the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist Award. In 2009, he was honored to be named one of the top 150 financial advisors in the United States by Medical Economics Magazine for his service to medical doctors, receiving that recognition four different times.
His community service work in Danville included a 1974-1977 term on the Danville District 118 Board of Education, the last two years as board president. He followed that by being elected to the Board of Trustees of Danville Area Community College where he served for five years. He was a Kiwanian and later a Rotarian, attaining the Paul Harris Fellow designation from Rotary International.
He was a noted and respected community leader, recognized by his selection as the AMBUCS First Citizen and Rotary's Distinguished Service Award. His leadership on the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors and Convention Bureau boards was instrumental in their growth and community development work. He served on the Lakeview Medical Center Board of Directors from 1989-1998, taking a key role in the eventual merger of the two community hospitals, then serving the surviving United Samaritans Medical Center as a board member and president from 1988-1999. He also served as a board member of the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation for a number of years.
With his move to Marco Island, his desire to serve to his community continued. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Hideaway Beach Club community, serving as its treasurer, and was appointed to the Planning Board for the City of Marco Island. Additionally, he loved his church family and served the Naples Community Church in various capacities.
Mike was a noted public speaker and writer who was always willing to share his economic and financial views as well as educational insights. He was a teacher at heart. He was the author of two books, the most recent, "Lessons on the Road to Financial Independence," was published in 2012.
Through his leadership and generosity, Mike and his family financed educational scholarship endowment funds at Eastern Illinois University and Danville Area Community College, as well as investing in individual students' higher education endeavors. He was the first college graduate in his family and always felt an obligation to fulfill the dreams of his parents and grandparents who had suffered through the Great Depression of the 1930s and often shared their stories with Mike as an eager young boy.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Naples Community Church, Naples, Fla., followed by a celebration of his life at the Hideaway Beach Club, Marco Island. The family plans to hold a memorial service in Danville this spring with burial to follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Naples Community Church, 849 7th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102, or the Danville Public School Foundation, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville, IL 61832.
Published on February 20, 2020


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Ed and Lynne Wilcox
Mar 13, 2020
Our hearts are heavy thinking of your loss and pray for you to find comfort in the love for and memories of Mike..
Ed and Lynne
Billy and Dawn Birch
Mar 11, 2020
We SO appreciated seeing you and NANETTE at Hideaway and Naples Community Church. We love you!
Martha Waggoner
Mar 07, 2020
Nanette, So sorry to hear this. Wishing you peace.
Chris and Skip Brown
Mar 06, 2020
Dear Nanette, and family,
We were shocked and saddened to have learned of Mike's sudden passing. We loved him. He was a wonderful, kind, warm and gracious man, and our lives were enriched by knowing him.
Our hearts go out to all of you as you deal with his loss. We send you our most healing prayers of peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Chris and Skip
Hal and Lou Ann Hansen
Mar 01, 2020
Dear Nanette - We just returned from a long cruise in February and were shocked to learn that Mike had passed away while we were gone. We extend our deepest sympathy to you, and will keep you in our prayers. With love, Lou Ann and Hal
Van and Stephanie PURDY
Feb 27, 2020
Nanette..so sorry to hear this terrible news...our prayers are with you and you will remain in our thoughts. Mike was a wonderful person and friend.
Van and Steff
Barbara Curtis
Feb 26, 2020
Condolences, hope to see you this spring Nanette.
Jim (Hutch) Hutchison
Feb 22, 2020
As a ‘63 EIU graduate, I was fortunate to have Mike as my Sigma Pi “Big Brother” a year earlier...he was an inspirational mentor and impressive model for me and others during this campus-life period. Sadly, he has passed but , after reading his obituary, I can see that those qualities only grew in greater proportion throughout his life. No doubt he has left his mark and will be sorely missed.
Lucy Harper
Feb 22, 2020
Rest in peace Mike I will miss your 😃 smile
Connie and Jim Thede
Feb 22, 2020
So very sorry for the loss of our amazing cousin. We enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the family at Phil’s memorial. Love you all and so proud of Mike’s many accomplishments.
David and Jeanie Fields
Feb 21, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.