Jerald Paul Fincher, beloved husband, father, papaw, son, and brother passed away on September 30, 2021, at his home surrounded by family.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A celebration of Jerry's life will be on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 10:00 am with a special family friend, Robert Bostick officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park with military honors. Both the visitation and celebration of life are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jerry was born on February 11, 1942, to Paul and Anna Lee Fincher in Bowie, Texas. He graduated from Bowie High School and attended North Texas State University in Denton. Following his studies, Jerry served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965 while stationed in Spokane Washington.
He married Marianne Bolders on October 22, 2000, in Houston, Texas. His career was in the computer industry, retiring from Texaco in 2001.
Jerry and Marianne moved to Abilene in 2003 enjoying their retirement in a relaxed environment and to be close to Marianne's mother. Jerry was a caring, loving, and devoted son-in-law.
Jerry was a quiet man with a gracious heart. He enjoyed delivering for Meals on Wheels until a stroke occurred in 2017. Later in life he developed a passion for photography and beautifully captured nature in places such as Big Bend National Park. He showed love, compassion, and pride through his grandchildren. The memories created and shared with them will be tenderly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne Fincher; daughter Paulette Friddle and her husband Russell of Fort Worth; son Jon Fincher and his wife Christa, of Lake Worth; daughter Elizabeth Way and her husband Nathan of New Braunfels; his grandchildren Ashton and Logan Fincher, Alex Mason, Jackson, Colton, Adelyn and Nicholas Way. He is also survived by his brother Joe Fincher of Sonora. He is predeceased by his parents and his former wives Sue Fincher and Judy Henderson.
The family would like to give special recognition and appreciation for the kindness, direction, love and support of Dr. Robert Striegler, his nurse Teresa, and CNA caregiver Sharon Bustamante.
From his initial diagnosis of a glioblastoma brain tumor in February, Jerry's faith, braveness, dignity, strength and tremendous amounts of courage never wavered. His absence will be deeply felt by his family but the mark he left on our hearts will forever live on.
The family first began in the funeral business in 1933. The Hamil's legacy, beginning with the Elliott's to John and Jo Ann Hamil and now continuing with Robert and Karla Hamil, is to serve families in their time of need.