Lake City – Terry Finley, 67, died Friday, October 26, 2018 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Lake City Union Church in Lake City with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery, Auburn.
Terry is survived by his wife Nila of Lake City, daughter Corey (John) Sebetka and their children, Davis, Lila, Sophia and Bristol of Audubon, and son Neal and his children Ava, Adam and Abram of Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Lila Finley and son Adam Ray Finley in 2007.
Terry Ray Finley was born on April 24, 1951 in Lake City Iowa the only child of Floyd and Lila (Lee) Finley. He was a proud Lake City Eagle, graduating in 1970 from the Lake City High School. On June 24, 1972, Terry married the love of his life, Nila Bristol in Auburn, Iowa; the two have been together since Nila was 15 years old. Terry worked as a farmer all his life, he loved the land and his animals, and he was very active in his community. His memberships include the Corn Belt Energy Board, Calhoun County Conservation Board, Calhoun County REC Board where he was elected to the Board of Directors in Sept 2007, served as Secretary from 2008-2012, and was elected Vice President in 2012. In February 2013, he was unanimously appointed as Calhoun County REC’s Representative on the Corn Belt Board of Directors, the Cooperative’s wholesale power supplier. Terry was also a member of the Calhoun County Soil and Water Conservation Board where he was District Commissioner for 19 years starting in 1999, and has served as Chairman since 2007. He was a very dedicated board member and was currently on the ballot to serve another 4 years. He was also a member of the Calhoun County Trustees, and Cottonwood Cemetery Board and groundskeeper for 30 years. He drove school bus for 26 years for the Lake City Schools transporting Eagles, Mustangs and Titan children, and worked at Lampe Funeral Home. Terry was also an awarded seed salesman selling for McCurdy, Prairie, Surcrosco, Mycogen, and Cargill Seed companies.
Terry leaves a legacy of community service and involvement but above all he loved his family and will be missed by all who knew him.