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James 'Scotty' Finan, Jr. dies at 87

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James F. “Scotty” Finan, Jr., age 87, of Hobart, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Golden Living Center in Valparaiso after a long illness.

He was born in Providence, R.I., the son of James F. Finan, Sr. and Mary (nee Ford) Finan, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Jane (nee Locke) Finan.

He is also survived by five children, Debbie Birch (Gary Housman), of Chesterton, James (Pamela) Finan, of Hobart, Michael (Melissa) Finan, of Portage, Lizabeth (John) Poracky, of Chesterton, Todd (Kim) Finan, of Auburn, Ind.: four grandchildren, Ryan (Christine) Birch, of Chicago, Jeff Birch, of Seattle, Wash., Rachel Poracky, of Chicago and John F. Poracky, of Bloomington; a sister, Mary Hunker, of Portage; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded also in death in 2005 by his beloved grandson, Todd Birch; a sister, Ethelind O’Donnel and a brother, Billy Finan.

James had been a Hobart resident for 58 years and was formerly of Gary. He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and graduated from Emerson High School, class of ’39. Jim was a WW II Navy Veteran. His unit (SACO) stationed in China trained Chinese forces in guerrilla warfare. After his military service he attended college at Bowling Green, Ohio and I.U. in Bloomington. He was the owner of Hobart Hardware for 40 years and Hobart Wallpaper & Paint for 15 years. “Scotty” was very active in community activities including: Hobart Plan Commission for 20 years, Hobart BZA for 20 years, Chamber of Commerce, Hobart Rotary Club for 40 years, Downtown Merchants Association, Hobart Jaycees and recipient of Paul Harris Fellow.

Funeral services, Rev. Dominic V. Bertino celebrating the Mass, will begin with 9:30 a.m. Prayers Wednesday, August 19, at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Rd., and then proceeding to St. Bridget Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 942-2109 or online at



Posted 8/18/2009