A week after celebrating his 94th birthday with family members in California, Ralph Finkas passed away peacefully June 20, 2015 in his home of more than 30 years in Medford.
A master gardener, Ralph volunteered for many years at the Eastwood Cemetery, planting more than 150 trees. He will be laid to rest at 10:00 a.m. today at the cemetery under a towering oak tree. He served on the City of Medford Cemetery Commission and helped build the gazebo in Medford's Alba Park.
Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1921 in Castle Rock, Wash., Ralph was a marine and WWII veteran. He attended Whitman College in Washington and was the captain of the varsity football team.
He worked as a tire salesman. He enjoyed gardening, collecting books and antiques, and following the San Francisco 49ers.
The son of Bricken Swanson and Rudolph Finkas, Ralph is survived by his five children, Jennifer Sparacino (Tom), Tony Finkas (Susan), Debbie Winning (Gary), Mary Finkas (Jan), and Ed Finkas; grandchildren, Bricken Sparacino (Michael Birch), Kip Winning (Kathy), Maegan Pearson (John), Kyle Winning (Joanna), Ryan Finkas (Linda), Kirsten Finkas (Neil Gregor), Lindsay Finkas (Nick Harvey), and Kevin Finkas (Christine); 11 great-grandchildren; and former wife, Virginia Mitchell Dunn. Siblings Donna, David, and Larry survived him, and he was predeceased by brother, Lester and sisters, Betty and Gloria.
Long-time friend Bill Lomansey helped Ralph daily the last few years.
Ralph was dearly loved by his family and friends.