Lifelong Sharon Springs, KS resident Benjamin Robert Finley, 81, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Colby Health and Rehab Nursing in Colby, Kansas.
Ben was born on July 24, 1935 in Sharon Springs, Kansas to Marshall Joseph and Lena Roberta (Reed) Finley. He was one of four children. Growing up in Sharon Springs, Ben graduated from Sharon Springs High School in 1953. He then went on and attended four years of college at various different schools, and finally graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
On February 2, 1964, Ben married Alice Mary Baehler at the Methodist Church in Sharon Springs. To this union, three children were born; Daniel, Coleen and Steven.
Ben enjoyed doing Sudoku’s, crossword puzzles and playing cards of all kinds. He loved reading books in general, but really enjoyed reading westerns, especially one written by Louis L’Amour. He enjoyed playing his matching squares game on Sega, called Shanghai, attending dances, playing in pitch tournaments, drinking coffee and visiting with all of his coffee buddies at the gas station. Most of all, Ben loved spending time with his grandkids and keeping up with their activities.
Preceding Ben in death were his parents and one grandson Taylor Finley.
He is survived by his wife Alice of the home, three children; Daniel Finley and his wife Karen of Beaver, Oklahoma, Coleen Dautel of Goodland, Kansas and Steven Finley and his wife Amy of Seligman, Arizona. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two brothers; Delgar Finley and his wife Phyllis and Howard Finley and his wife Norma, all of Sharon Springs, Kansas, and one sister Mattie Jackson of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Funeral Services for Ben will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM MT at the Sharon Springs United Methodist Church with Reverend Paul McNall and Pastor Seth McGregor officiating. Burial will follow in the Sharon Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM MT at the Church in Sharon Springs.
Memorials are designated to the Ben Finley Memorial Fund and may be left at the service or can be mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Goodland, Kansas 67735.