Harold Daniel â€śDannyâ€ť Fincher Sr., a resident of Rice, passed away on Dec. 17, 2012 in Colville at the age of 66. He was born on March 8, 1947 in Wendell, Idaho, the son of Harvey Herbert Fincher and Mary LaVerne Gregg Sewell.
As a young boy, Danny lived in Riverton Heights outÂ¬side of Seattle. There he continued his education and enÂ¬tered the Navy. Danny served overseas aboard the U.S.S. EnÂ¬terprise in the PaÂ¬cific Theater during the Vietnam War.
FolÂ¬lowing his honorable discharge, Danny returned to the SeÂ¬attle area where he met Barb Palmer. He and Barb were marÂ¬ried on Jan. 13, 1968 in Seattle. Barb had three young boys and toÂ¬gether, she and Danny had a fourth. Danny embraced all of his boys as his own and raised them with a fatherâ€™s love.
Danny worked several jobs, including auto mechanic, steel worker and with his Dad in the family communicationsâ€™ busiÂ¬ness before beÂ¬ginning his 24-year career as an industrial painter. He painted large commercial buildings, towers, bridges, and structures throughout Washington and in Alaska. Following the passing of his wife, Barb, Danny moved to EastÂ¬ern Washington. There he met Barb Moss. He has shared her company and special friendship for many years.
Danny loved to work on and drive race cars. He raced countÂ¬less laps at the Evergreen Speedway figure-eight track and earned the nickname â€śsuper swimmerâ€ť after taking his car for a swim into a trackside pond. Danny also enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. Additionally, Danny dabbled in painting, sketching, models and woodworking. He had a good work ethic and was loyal to his family and friends. Danny enjoyed helping others and had a good heart, with a â€śrough around the edgesâ€ť approach. He will be missed by his family and the many friends he had.
Danny was a member and past officer of the Colville EaÂ¬gles Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his father; by his wife, BarÂ¬bara Fincher, and one son, Kenny Fincher.
Danny is survived by his mother, Mary Lavern Sewell, SeaTac; three sons, James Fincher-Kidder and wife, Kris, Kent; David Kidder-Fincher, and wife, Lisa, Redmond; Daniel Fincher Jr., and wife Shannon, Auburn; grandchilÂ¬dren, James, KristoÂ¬pher, Joshua, Justin and Daniel; siblings, Kathy Johnson and husband, Al, Issaquah; Samuel Sewell and wife, Judy, Larry, Bob, Nancy and Janet Sewell, all of SeaTac; Marcy Sewell, SeaTac; friend and partner, Barb Moss, Rice; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mr. Harold Daniel â€śDannyâ€ť Fincher Sr. will be held at the Colville Eagles Lodge at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Colville Eagles Lodge, 608 N. Wynne St., Colville, WA, 99114.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.