Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Charles Finley

Charles Joseph “Charlie” Finley, age 59, of Quincy, died on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:13 a.m. in his home.

Charles Finley | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILCharlie was born June 17, 1959 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of John W. and F. Lorraine Niemer Finley. He married Kathleen Brinkman on March 6, 1982 in Quincy. She survives.

He graduated from St. Francis Grade School and Quincy High School in 1977. Charlie attended John Wood Community College before joining the United States Air Force from 1982 until 1990. He earned a rank of Staff Sergeant. He also worked on A-10s in Alaska and B52s in Spokane, WA, where he was staffed as a hydraulic specialist.

After he was honorably discharged from the Air Force, Charlie began working for J.M. Huber as a ground control technician. He retired in September of 2018.

Charlie was a member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He liked hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. Charlie also enjoyed helping his boys with their Boy Scout camp outings. He was a big of fan of the Packers, the Blues, and the Cardinals. Charlie and Kathy loved going for rides on his Harley together.

In addition to his wife, Kathy, Charlie is survived by five children: Marie Finley of Quincy; Daniel (Sarah Cummings) Finley of Charlotte, NC; Ross (Rose) Finley of Quincy, IL; Jay (Erica) Finley of Quincy; and Jack Finley of Quincy; four grandchildren: Lucas, Mattie, Brynn, and Huckson Finley; three brothers: Jim Finley of Carpentersville, IL; John Finley, of Hendersonville, NC; and Tom (Jody) Finley, of East Moine, IL; three sisters: Beth (Dave) Likens of Waltonville, IL; Kathi Finley of Cherokee, NC; and Jeanne (Jim) Aschemann of Quincy; his mother, Lorraine Hidding, of Hendersonville, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, Paul Hidding, two grandchildren: Taigen and Bentley Finley, and a sister at birth.

Services: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Franics Solanus Catholic Church, with Rev. James Wheeler O.F.M. officiating.

Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois with military honors by American Legion Post #37

Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with a Liturgical wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials: 12 Little Angels Memorial Fund at St. Francis Solanus Church or Unity Point Hospice


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. My sincerest condolences to all of Charles’ family. Wishing you peace and prayers for Charles and all family and friends. God bless.

  2. Kathy, Marie, Dan, Jay and Jack
    Sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a good man and I always enjoyed visiting with you all. Charlie was always funny and I loved his sense of humor and his love of family. Godspeed. He will be missed.

  3. Kathy, Marie, Dan, Ross, Jay, and Jack:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Charlie was a great man and an even better husband and father. I will pray that HE gives you the strength you need in the days ahead and that HE will fill your hearts and minds with only the wonderful moments you shared together.

    God Bless,

  4. Dear Kathy and Kids, I’m so sorry to hear about Charlie. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Our condolences and prayers go out to your family during this time of loss. Charlie was a great member of the Huber family, I enjoyed working with him.

  6. Kathy I’m so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, Rest In Peace. Big hugs and much prayer 🕯

  7. Kathy and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Beth had mentioned Charlie was ill. I am so glad we had that short time with your family while you lived in Spokane. I know you have great family support to help you through this difficult time. My thoughts are with you!

  8. Charlie and Kathy Finley lived just down the street from us at Eielson AFB, Alaska, and Charlie worked with my then husband. Kathy babysat our kids, and I remember Charlie always had a smile on his face. Our families had many great adventures together. He will be missed! Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Words aren’t enough. Here’s a hug from me.

  9. Here is a man who is proud of his family. His family is proud of him. He leaves a deep sense of loss for all who had the pleasure to know him. Yet, his family is a tribute that no man can top. My prayers are with you all.

  10. Kathy and family, I was shocked to see that Charlie passed away. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during your time of loss and sorrow. I am working in California and will be unable to attend Charlie’s funeral. I will be thinking of and praying for you and your family.

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs and prayers for all of you I pray for a restful peace for your husband, father, brother and Son

  12. Kathy and family, Bo and I are so very sorry to learn of Charlie’s passing. Prayers and sympathy for you and your family.

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