Gerald “Jerry” Henry Louis Finken, 75, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
He was born on December 27, 1946 in Earling, Iowa to Gail and Eulalia (Langenfeldt) Finken. He attended public school in Manilla, Iowa and graduated from Manilla High School with the class of 1965.
On February 1, 1966, Jerry was inducted into the United States Navy and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged on September 19, 1969.
Following his discharge, Jerry moved to Perry, Iowa and worked various jobs. He was united in marriage to Marty Breust. Three children were blessed to this union: Thomas, Angela, & Steven. Their marriage would later end in divorce.
Jerry found love again and was united in marriage to Nancy Falldin on December 24, 1977. Jerry gained another son, Tony through this marriage. They made their home in Palatine and Cary, Illinois where Jerry worked maintenance for apartment complexes, a college, and service stations before going out on his own working as a mechanic.
On June 16, 2001 they moved to Johnson Lake, Nebraska to be closer to his brother, Dan. Jerry opened J’s Repair where he worked as a mechanic. Following retirement, Jerry kept busy plowing snow around the lake and doing other odd jobs
Jerry enjoyed golfing, shooting pool, tinkering in his shop, building bird and squirrel feeders and working with leather.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Johnson Lake; children, Thomas (Kari) Finken of Corpus Christi, Texas, Angela Anderson of Portland, Texas, Steven Finken of Portland, Texas and Tony Boston of Crystal Lake, Illinois; grandchildren, Patrick, Clayton and Michael; three great-grandchildren, Maria, Killian, and Conway; siblings, Janice (Nick) Leverett of Plano, Texas, Dan (Karen) Finken of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, Randy (Karen) Finken of Surprise, Arizona and Sandy McDonald of Columbia, Missouri; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Besides his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Marty and brother-in-law, Tom McDonald.
There will be no visitation, as the family is honoring Jerry’s wish for cremation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com