Truman Ellis Finney of 1840 Maine StreetQuincy, ILpassed away on June 9th, 2012 at 8:57 a.m. at Blessing Hospital following a short battle with cancer.
Truman was born on October 13th, 1944 to Rosella (Ellis) Finney and Truman Finney. Truman was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Robert (Bob) Warner of Quincy, IL, A sister Janet Warner ofQuincy,IL and a brother-in-law Ralph (Buddy) Maddox of Chillicothe, IL. Truman is survived by a sister Margie Maddox of Chillicothe, IL, a sister Shirley Jordan of Springfield, IL (Husband Don), a sister Nellie Jones of Quincy, IL (husband James), a brother David Finney of Peoria, IL (wife Catherine) and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephew and nice and great, great nephews and nieces.
Truman attended Quincy Junior High School and was Student Council President. He preformed in the New Faces variety show and he took a jazz dance class from a local dance teacher. At age 15 he left Quincy,IL to begin his formal training as a dancer. Truman was educated at the School of American Ballet in New York City. After receiving his high school diploma he became a member of the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine until he moved to Germany to join the Stuttgart Ballet and later the Hamburg Ballet.
Truman was an internationally acclaimed ballet teacher, a ballet dancer and former ballet master and director. Truman had been coaching and teaching dancers and companies throughout the world such as the Hamburg Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, School of American Ballet, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo and many more both as a resident teacher and a guest teacher before he was appointed as Ballet Master of the Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark. In 2010, after 50 years in the ballet world Truman retired. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling, reading, exploring museums, and spending time with his family.
Truman was cremated and will be buried with his parents in the Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL on June 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and Family are invited. Memorials can be made in Truman’s name to the Quincy Medical Group Foundation for medical oncology at1025 Maine Street Quincy,IL 62301.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.