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Richard Bosman Finnerty

Richard (Dick) Bosman Finnerty, born in 1935, near Hines, MO, in Lincoln County in his Great Grandfathers home, died September 24, 2023.
Richard Finnerty.jpgSon of William Martin and Flossie (White) Finnerty.

Richard attended grade school in Oak Grove, two years of high school in Silex R-1, and graduated from Paynesville in 1953 later part of the Clopton District. He attended Oak Grove Methodist Church, Zion Lutheran and Shiloh United Methodist Church. Richard joined the Union Carpenters in 1956, Louisiana, 1008 now part of Union 32. Drafted into the Army from 1957 to May 1959, served 18 months in Germany, and honorably discharged.
Richard met his first wife, Dolly (Knippschild) while in Germany, and were married in October 1959. From this union, two children were born, Rick and Corina Finnerty. Richard was an accomplished carpenter and retired from Tarlton Corporation in 1995, and married Janet (Stroker) and built a home in New Melle, MO.

Richard collected old engines, Model A’s, tractors, tools and other toys. He enjoyed wood carving, building custom furniture, bird houses, several quarter-scale wagons, gardening, loved mowing grass, telling jokes (over and over,), his family, helping others and had a famous Hoo-Doo stick which he made many of. He had the gift of ‘gab’ and loved talking to all. He had a strong work ethic and passed this on to his children and grandchildren.

Fun things about Richard, and there were a lot, but here are a few… Janet said he had a ‘Finnerty Thing’, do not say it can’t be done because it will be done one way or another; ‘there is more than one way to skin a cat’! This goes for all Finnerty Family Line. Pocket knives should be carried at all times, biscuits should be small and not doughy, and of course, if you’re serving green beans you must serve coleslaw.

Surviving Richard are his son Rick (Lynne); grandson, Jacob (Elizabeth); great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Parker; granddaughter Jessica; daughter, Corina (Rick) Moore; grandson Kyle (Alex); great-grandchildren, Josie and Maddie; granddaughter, Sara (Joe) Kindig; wife, Janet; brother, Billy (Maxine) Finnerty; sister-in-law, Nina Finnerty; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charlie and sister, Vernitte Jean Finnerty, his parents and former wife Dolly.

Visitation: Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 2 p.m. at Shiloh UMC, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell and the burial will be private.
Memorials may be given to: Old Alexandria Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery, Shiloh United Methodist Church or Owl Pals at Silex R-1 School, In c/o McCoy Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1304 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379 (636) 528-8244.