Robert L. “Bud” Finley

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July 12, 1927 – January 21, 2014.
Robert L. “Bud” Finley, 86, of Rapid City and formerly of Isabel, died January 21, 2014 at the Golden Living Center Bella Vista in Rapid City. Funeral services were held Friday, January 24, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating. Robert L. “Bud” Finley was born July 12, 1927 at Bryant to Robert and Ella Cecilia (Barrett) Finley. He grew up in the Bryant area and graduated from Bryant High School. As a young man he entered the U.S. Army, serving from September 19, 1946 until his honorable discharge on February 27, 1948. After his discharge he returned to the Bryant community, where he purchased a truck and hauled corn to western South Dakota. Bud was united in marriage to Dora A. Miller of Isabel on September 1, 1958 in Timber Lake. To this union two children were born, Doreen and Darin. The family made their home in Isabel where they built and operated the Finley Motel. Bud also worked as a mechanic for Lindskov Implement for several years. From 1965 to 1967 he drove truck for a construction company hauling gravel and hot mix. Later he worked as a car salesman for Philip Motor in Philip. He would take used cars from the dealership and transport them back to the Isabel area to sell. In 1971 they sold the Finley Motel and moved to Philip, where he worked at Philip Motor until 1985 when he purchased a semi-truck and trailer and hauled hay, crushed cars, etc. He retired in 2005. His wife Dora preceded him in death on February 3, 2006. Bud continued to reside in Philip until moving to Rapid City because of health reasons and to be near his son. Grateful for having shared his life are his daughter, Doreen (Tim) Blanton of Florissant, CO; his son, Darin (Patricia) Finley of Black Hawk; two grandsons, Eric and Connor; and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife, Bud was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Katherine Lemme.


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