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Obituary of Harry Finks

Harry F. Finks, Jr., 96, Clinton, Missouri, died Monday evening, February 5, 2007, at the Westwood Nursing Center, Clinton, Mo.

He was born October 10, 1910, in Clinton, Mo., the son of Harry Franklin Finks, Sr., and Adda (Faris) Finks, the first grandchild of Herman Preston (H.P.) Faris. There was mutual admiration between grandfather and grandson and H.P. became Harry�s mentor. Harry began working at his grandfather�s bank, Brinkerhoff-Faris Trust Company, each summer when he was not in school. He went to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., for 2 years, transferring to the University of California at Berkeley for 1 year. His final year of college was at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., where he received his B.A. in Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

On June 6, 1932, he married Dixie Whitaker. After marriage, they moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked as an auditor for the Marr Grocery Company. Upon leaving Denver, he worked in El Dorado Springs, Mo., managing a Piggly Wiggly Store. Around 1940 he began his banking career in the Deepwater State Bank, Deepwater, Mo. In 1944, the family moved to Clinton, where he was president of the Farmers Bank of Clinton, later known as Charter Bank.

He became a Rotarian and was a member of the Clinton Rotary Club for 69 years, serving as Clinton Rotary Club President from 1952 to1953 and District Governor from 1960 to 1961. He was deeply committed to Rotary�s purpose of helping youth. Harry and his family attended their first Rotary International Convention in Tokyo, Japan in 1961.

Harry lost his wife, Dixie, after a long illness in May, 1963. On February 22, 1969, he married Maxine Miller at the School of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. Also in 1969, Harry was appointed as an International Director of Rotary, serving a 2-year term, and he later served as International Rotary Trustee from 1976 to 1978. Harry and Maxine traveled extensively together until 4 years ago, attending 33 consecutive Rotary International Conventions. At one time, their travels took them around the world for 9 consecutive weeks, as the bank was in the capable hands of a wonderful staff. Harry�s long-time dedication to Rotary was recognized in the naming of the Clinton Rotary Building as the "Finks Rotary Center.�

He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, where he was ordained as an Elder on March 27, 1947. He served as a trustee of the church during the 1950�s and as an Elder until the 1970�s. He was a board member of the Missouri Valley College and University of Central Missouri, and was a member of the Board of Curators of the Westminster College, Fulton. He was the former Mayor of Deepwater, Mo., and a member of the Advisory Board of Citizens Union State Bank, Clinton. He was also involved in many other community activities including the Housing Authority, United Way, the Clinton School Board, and coaching Little League.

In addition to his wife, Maxine, of the home in Clinton, survivors include 2 sons, Harry F. Finks, III, and his wife Kathy, Seattle, Washington; and Richard Finks, Guadalajara, Mexico; a daughter, Sydney Reding and her husband Allen, Stillwater, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren, Chris Reding, Stillwater, Ok.; Steve Reding, Plano, Texas; Dixie Reding Beadles, Frisco, Tx.; John Reding, Fort Worth, Tx.; Whitaker Finks, Atlanta, Georgia; and Julie Finks, Seattle, Wa.; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Dixie, he was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Finks.

Mr. Finks was an honorable man, which was evident by the respect he had from those in his life. He was able to maintain that difficult balance between work and family by always endeavoring to eat lunch daily with his family. He continued to support and encourage his children as they grew and started families of their own. Memories of family Christmas vacation trips will be cherished by Maxine, the children and grandchildren. He related many times to Maxine that he�d had a good life spent with good family and friends. The twinkle in his eye and his sense of humor will be remembered by countless family and friends around the world.

Funeral Services will be Saturday afternoon, 2:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, with Rev. Dick Pierson officiating and Rev. Dana Stout assisting. Friends may call Thursday at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and all day Friday at the funeral home, with the family receiving friends Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Clinton Rotary Club Harry Finks Scholarship for local youth in care of the funeral home.

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