Memorial service for "Grandpa Pumpkin" held at his pumpkin patch


July 5, 2023

Tobias and Ryder Surber, great grandchildren of Ken Finley, peer out the back window of "Grandpa Pumpkin's" side by side. The side by side with the tools sticking up in the air was Ken's trademark transportation during the summer. The vehicle was part of the setting during Ken's memorial service held at his pumpkin patch south of Chinook.

Ken Finley's family and friends gathered to remember Ken last Saturday at his pumpkin patch down by the water plant in Chinook. In some ways the gathering for Ken's memorial service was a sad time. But, as Ken's son Jeff noted, "We decided to have the memorial service for dad at the pumpkin patch. It's the thing most people remember him by and it was a place he loved." A reception was held following the memorial service at the Chinook Senior Center.

Jeff Finely told me earlier that he and his family had spent some time preparing the patch for his dad's memorial. And the family had planted...

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