Dr. Robert "Doc" Finch, DVM Obituary

Dr. Robert
Doc Finch
Dr. Robert "Doc" Finch, DVM

September 1, 1921 - August 1, 2014
Born in Kelley, IA
Resided in Grimes, IA
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Dr. Robert W. Finch, DVM, 92, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014, at Mercy West Lakes Hospital in West Des Moines. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Monday, August 4 at First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, of which he was a longtime member. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Urn burial at Sunny Hill Cemetery will follow the service.

It was Dr. Finch's lifetime wish to be a veterinarian, and he graduated from Iowa State College December 18, 1943. Upon graduation he accepted a commission in the Army Veterinary Corps and was assigned to the Fort Worth Quarter Master Depot, Fort Worth, TX with food inspection duties. During his time there me met and married Billie Graham of Fort Worth. Dr. Finch was later assigned to overseas duty and spent a year in Japan discharging in 1946 at the rank of Captain.

Dr. Finch established a large animal practice at Marengo, IA but soon moved to Grimes where he practiced 28 years. Thereafter he accepted employment as district state veterinarian, Carroll, IA for another 12 years. In retirement he and Billie built at house and moved back to Grimes. Dr. Finch was a member of the Grimes American Legion and Lions Club as well as the Granger Masonic Lodge.

Dr. Finch was preceded death by his parents, Donald T. and Celia L. Finch and his brother-in-law, George Wallace. Those left to remember him include his wife of 69 years, Billie Finch of Dallas Center; daughter, Cheryl (Mike) Wessels of Granger; son, Ted Finch of Waukee; sister, Donna Wallace of Dallas Center; three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Dept. 20-1122 PO Box 5940 Carol Stream, IL 60197.






First Presbyterian Church
1204-13th Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Monday, August 4, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, Grimes
410 South Third Street
Grimes, IA 50111
Monday, August 4, 2014
3:00 PM
Sunny Hill Cemetery
SE Jacob Street and SE 6th Street
Grimes, IA US 50111
Monday, August 4, 2014
3:45 PM


First Presbyterian Church
410 South Third Street
Grimes, IA 50111