John J. Finley

December 19, 1944 ‒ January 19, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John J. Finley passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from OhioHealth Mansfield. He was 76.

He was born December 19, 1944 in Mansfield to parents Karl & Mary (Drum) Finley.

John worked for over 30 years as a manager of the Burger Chef and the Hardees on Ashland road. Following his time there he went on to work at Crestline Paint and Jay Plastics. He was a hard worker.

A member at Lucas Grace Bible Church, he loved being able to go to church and enjoyed helping out there. He was thankful for each day and even made a point to read the Daily Bread each morning.

In spare time, he enjoyed being in the woods, be it for fishing or hunting (especially mushrooms) he was always in the woods. He was an Ohio State Buckeyes fan and would always watch the games, even if he did typically fall asleep at some point during them. He enjoyed John Deere tractors, raising horses and going to auctions where he would find some “useless treasures” that he enjoyed collecting. Above all else, John loved his family and spending any time he could with them. He always wanted the best for his family and made sure that they were well taken care of. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife Lillian (Spring) Finley; children Katrina (Charles) Diskin, Anita (John) Hamilton, Karrie (Carl) Bowman, Jon (Anna) Finley, LaVonne(Matt) Casteel, Melissa (Michael) Pfaff and Samantha Ortiz; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings Sally, Harold, Skip and Larry; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and his Jack Russell Terrier Ginger; special friends Sharma Swanger and Walt Shifflet.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

His family will receive friends 4-7 pm Monday, January 25, 2021 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring his life will be held 11 am Tuesday, January 26 in Lucas Grace Bible Church (67 West Main Street Lucas, Ohio 44843) officiated by Pastor Wayne Presnell.

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  • Grandpa
    I will miss you. You were always so funny and I loved spending time going dancing and driving around in the el camino with you. Until we meet again on the other side of the moon.

  • Brother in Christ
    May you rest now with our Savor in Heaven till God joins you again with your family .
    Love Donnie Holbrook

  • Prayers for the family. Mr Finley was my supervisor at Hardee’s years ago. Sincere condolences

  • Wow I can’t hold my tears back right now I often saw John while on my school bus and I talked to him a couple of times and he told me he was still working bless his heart and how much you loved his beautiful wife Lilian you’re truly going to be Miss I enjoy 215 years of knowing you you always make me laugh you and Lillian fly high rest in sleep😇

  • I’ll always treasure the 60 years of friendship we had. All the times we went hunting, fishing & cruising Park Avenue. We were as close as brothers. He was the best joke teller. I’ll miss him terribly. Glad I got to o talk with him a few weeks before he passed. I’ll see you again someday my friend. Rest In Peace.

  • John was a good friend. I also worked for him. Always joking n laughing. John came to our home many times n was best friends with my brother. R.I.P. John, I know your walking with our Lord.

  • Dear FRIEND Big John! I’m very blessed for the opportunity I was given in my life to be able to call you my friend. You played a huge roll in my life as a golden hearted man I looked up too. Im thankful for the guidance and patience you had for all us crazy boys! You will be missed dearly!

  • My condolences to you and your family Lillian💓John left a smile with everyone that knew him. At least that’s how I know us from Crestline Paint feel . Thinking of you Now and Always .

  • Lillian and family, sorry to hear of Johns passing , enjoyed the years we all worked together at Crestline Paint. God Bless Fonda Petrik

  • Love and miss you Uncle Johnnie! I know you are at peace in heaven with your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a good man!

  • Been praying for all of you! I will miss his sense of humor and his laughter. His smile was warm and genuine. I know you are have one heck of a reunion.
    Miss you Uncle John

    • I work with John at Nanogate we became friends!!! He showed me part of the job I do . I drive truck. I miss him we talk a lot about the Lord he always said we need to be ready to meet the Lord especially in the times which we live !! I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS !! But I know he’s in HEAVEN PRAISING THE LORD!!!

  • John was first my boss at Burger Chef . We then became best friends and soon he became my brother in law. I am forever grateful to have known him! He was as good as they come and he will be greatly missed by all who known him. I send my deepest condolences to his wife and all my nieces and nephew. Rest in peace my Olde buddy John.

  • Lillian and family, my deepest condolences. john was my right arm here at jays, he is missed already! RIP John

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Uncle Johnny was always there, when anyone called on him. We already miss you and will always love you!
    Diane and Bruce

  • Lillian and family.

    It was a pleasure to work for John at Hardees on Lexington Ave. and again on Ashland Rd. Then I ran into him again when I worked at Jay’s Plastics. John was always an ornery cuss. I will miss his quick wit and his smile. RIP John. Bless his family and friends and give them peac

    Pat Stotts

  • Lillian and family, Continued prayers for peace, support and love. Johnny was always there for all family members and friends. One more angel watching ov @ger us. Love you.

  • Lillian, I heard about John from your oldest daughter. I wanted to come to you, Charlie had a stroke, the 1st of December. Covid as well. He spent 3wks. In2 hospitals. After he came home I don’t leave him alone, because of the stroke. His left side. Walking not to good afraid he’ll fall. Anyway I’m thinking of u,I can’t say how bad I feel for u.