"He grasped life by the reins, he gave life quite a ride. Fond memories of the farm, his cowboy wit and charm."
Roger Finley was born on December 6, 1929 in Sargent Nebraska, to Edward and Hester Finley.
In 1938 the family along with his 2 siblings - Dale and Lyle Finley moved to Washington state and settled in Carnation. Roger worked for Carnation Farms, throughout his school years, and graduated from Tolt High School in 1949.
After graduation Roger joined the United States Marine Corps and served as a sergeant in the Seventh Marine Regiment during the Korean War. The regiment fought from Inchon to the Yalu, at The "Frozen Chosin" Reservoir and in the long defense of South Korea until the armistice. In thanks for his service Roger was selected in 2018 for an Honor Flight to Washington DC.
On his return from the war Roger joined the Seattle fire department where he served at the university district fire station # 17 for 25 years until his retirement in 1983.
In 1963 Roger married Carmen and they had 7 Children. Sadly in 2019 Roger lost his son Terry Finley. He loved his family often telling them, â€œI love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neckâ€�.
In 1965 Roger purchased a small farm where he raised beef cattle. The ranch was his family playground and everyone was active in future farmers of America and 4H. Using the ranch as their base; the family travelled often in the Pacific Northwest Mountains with trail horses, packing mules and donkeys
His true loves were the quarter horses that he used to work the ranch. Especially his mare Saucy. His bond with his horses allowed him to become a championship rider in competitive team penning. He won so often that each of his 15 grandchildren has a silver championship buckle to remember him by. The riding kept him young and he rode competitively until he was in his late 70s.
The rare times he was sitting still, he was happy to play cards especially cribbage. He loved to read, as long as it was his favorite magazine Horse and Rider or anything about quarter horses.
Roger is will be sadly missed by: Wife - Carmen Finley Children- Tim Finley, Tom Finley (Nancy) Mike Finley (Lisa), Sheli Kellogg (Mike), Anne Priebe (Mark) and Kathleen Beckel (Jeff). His 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Roger will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or gifts the family is asking if you would make donations to the Honor Flight Network in his name. Donations can be made on the Website- https://www.honorflight.org/
A Message from the Board
Dear CTPA members,
As a lot of members were aware, CTPA was going to have a big event on 10-17 & 18 at Brasada. However, due to Gov. Brown extending the state shut down to Nov. 3, and the mask mandate, no spectators and insurance issues, as well as the health and safety of our four legged companions, CTPA has cancelled this event. Look for other announcements later as the state regulations open up. Please everyone stay safe during this unusual time and hopefully we will be back in the saddle soon.