RINGLING — Funeral services for William Carl “Bill” Finke Jr., 84, of Ringling are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Ringling with Jimmy Morris officiating.  Interment will follow to Petersburg Cemetery.
Bill was born on June 30, 1932, in Pottsboro, Texas, to the late William “Willie” Carl Finke Sr. and Alvie Josephine (Miller) Finke. He departed from this life on Monday, June 12, 2017, at his home.
Bill was raised at the Pottsboro/Denison area and attended college at Southeastern University receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree. He attended night classes at Southwestern University earning his master’s degree and later received his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. He married the former Velda Provence on Feb. 20, 1954, at Denison, Texas. To this union, they were blessed with three children, Carla, Charles and Brian. Bill was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a pilot of Multi Engines serving mainly in the VQ 1 NAS Agana Guam. After his honorable discharge, he was reactivated to fly closure during the Cuban Crisis and also flew eight nuclear test missions under John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Bill retired as tenured Chemistry Professor from Cameron University in 1986.  He and his wife, Velda built their home in Petersburg in 1992. Since then, he has enjoyed farming and ranching.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and wife, Velda Finke on Feb. 26, 2016.
Bill is survived by his children, Dr. Carla Michaels of Dallas, Charles Finke and wife, Sharon of Fink, Texas, and Brian Finke of Petersburg; grandchildren, April Curtis and husband, Jeremy, Carlyn Finke, and Robert Finke and wife, Lilly; step-grandchildren, Justin, Matthew, Wess and Christina; great- grandchild, Claire Curtis; siblings, Katherine Westbrook of Denison and Billie Trott of Oxford, Miss.; nephew who was like a brother, Bobby Thompson and his wife, Jane of Colbert; and numerous other family and friends.
Casket bearers will be Zack West, Cody Rose, Robert Finke and other members of the family.
Honorary bearers will be Johnny Hartman and Cindy Rose.
A family visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday evening at Alexander Funeral Home in Ringling.
Online condolences may be made to www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.