Funeral services for David Daniel Finley, 43, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, at the West Plains Civic Center, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Sergeant Finley died at 8:43 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Lake Wedington, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
He was born September 26, 1969, at Springfield, Missouri, to Dave and Melinda Funkhouser Finley, and was the oldest of three children.
He graduated from Kickapoo High School with the Class of 1987; he attended Drury University. David was a police officer for the Republic Police Department for three years, where he earned Rookie Officer of the Year. David then was a graduate of the 69th Missouri State Highway Patrol Recruit Class of 1995. He was assigned as the Zone 6 Sergeant covering Southern Howell and Oregon Counties and in 1997 he was named The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He was a dedicated and hardworking member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who believed in the mission of his job.
On March 31, 1996, he was married at Branson, Missouri, to Debra LaFevers and to this union two beautiful children were born, Zachary D. Finley and Allyson B. Finley. Mr. Finley was of the Baptist faith.
Dave (a.k.a. D.D.) Finley embraced the challenges of life and he loved and treasured his family. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing softball, running and biking. He was a loyal fan of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves. He has forever imprinted his hand on the hearts of those who were closest to him. We will love and miss him dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debra; two children, Zachary and Allyson, of the family home; his parents, Dave and Melinda Finley, Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Paul F. Finley and Phillip W. Finley, wife, Stacie, all of Springfield, Missouri; mother-in-law, Janet K. LaFevers, West Plains, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dana Frost, West Plains, Missouri and Nicole LaFevers, Springfield, Missouri; and three brothers-in-law, David LaFevers, wife, Jan, Branson West, Missouri, Douglas LaFevers, West Plains, Missouri, and Daniel LaFevers, wife, Karen, Mountain View, Missouri; and many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
His maternal grandparents, Dan and Lillian Funkhouser and paternal grandparents, George and Opal Finley, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at The First United Methodist Church, West Plains, Missouri. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Finley Children’s Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.