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James L. Finke Sept. 15, 1946 - Nov. 29, 2008

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COSMOS -- James Leslie Finke, 62, of Cosmos, died Saturday at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

The service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos.

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Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the service Thursday at the church. Arrangements are by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

He was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Fargo, N.D., to John and Norma (Hemmingway) Finke. He grew up and attended school in Coon Rapids and then studied small engines at Hutchinson VoTech.

He married Audrey Westberg in 1994 in Cosmos. He worked at a variety of jobs including as a mechanic and driving truck for Porta Dock in Dassel.

He is survived by his wife; children: Corey, Daniel, and Adam, all at home and Lisa Finke, Brian Finke, and Dean Finke, all of Grand Marias; nine grandchildren; siblings: Bill (and Joy Greenlun) Finke of Rockford, Kathy Weidenhaft and Rebecca Hurtgen, both of Chippewa Falls, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his son: Troy Finke.

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