Jerry Wayne Finley

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Jerry Wayne Finley,  Overland Park, KS, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the age of 56 (NON-COVID). He leaves behind his loving wife Patty of 33 years, son Jase; his mother, Margaret Birkmann with step-father, David Birkmann; father, Jerry Willis Finley; sister, Joni Hensley with husband Jim Hensley; sister, Caroline Mathia with husband Danny Mathia; brother, Michael Finley with wife Airk. Also many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and his dog and cats. He loved all, and was loved by his entire family and many friends as well.

Jerry had an infectious personality and smile that everyone who met him instantly liked. He was willing to help anyone who needed it. He was talented at anything he did including woodworking, auto enthusiast, cook, and a great host to anyone who came to his home.


A memorial service will be held on July 4, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington St., Tonganoxie, KS  66086


  1. Aunt Teresa on July 1, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I’m sorry we met too late and I never got the honor of meeting Jerry. The Fourth of July was your paternal grandfather‘s favorite holiday. We always got treated to a hugh fireworks display so you choosing that date to celebrate Jerrie‘s life will also be honoring your grandfathers and your paternal mom’s spirit too. I wish I could be there for the service and to give you that comfort hug that you and Jase need at this time but I do send out prayers for both of you.

    • Patty Finley on July 2, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you Aunt Teresa. Hugs from afar. I’m so glad we had the chance to hang out when we visited.

  2. Brittany Scott on July 1, 2020 at 1:32 am

    So wish we were able to be there. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    • Patty Finley on July 1, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Thank you Brittany.

    • Patty Finley on July 2, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you Brittany. Hugs to you, Aimee, and your mom and family.

  3. Pete Parrish on June 27, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Patty, I’m very sorry for your loss. Jerry was always a very nice guy. I’m sorry I didn’t make time to visit you guys more often. My prayers are with you and Jace.

    • PATTY FINLEY on June 29, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you Pete. Your condolences are appreciated.

  4. Julie Newman on May 22, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I have known you for the last 34 years- you were a great friend- I will miss our visits while waiting for Patty to get home from work-as well as your famous cooking while I visited you guys!!! You were like a brother to me!! Great in peace my friend- Patty and Jace you are in my heart and thoughts- I love you both!!

    • PATTY FINLEY on June 29, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Julie. Love you too, and we will see you this weekend.

    • Jan Fabrizius on July 1, 2020 at 9:11 am

      Patty so sorry for your loss, I met you and Jerry back in 2008 when I bought my house next to yours, and when Jerry was out in the backyard he was always so friendly and happy and if I needed help he would always offer to help me with something I couldn’t do at my house, he will be missed.

      • Patty Finley on July 3, 2020 at 8:15 am

        Thank you for the memories. He did always help a neighbor in need of he could.

  5. Jacki McElwee on May 22, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Jerry was such kind hearted soul. When I struggled with my frozen car door, he came out, no coat, and opened it for me. He was always ready to help. That type of person is hard to find. Always in our hearts. We love you. Let me know if you need anything let me know

    • PATTY FINLEY on June 29, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you Jackie. Your memory of his is appreciated. We love your family too.

  6. Jason and Jami Lobdell on May 20, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Patty, Jase and family, my heart is broken for you all. Know that Jerry was loved by us as are you! We are praying for you to have peace and comfort at this time.

    • PATTY FINLEY on June 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you Jason and Jami. We love your families too. Hope to see you soon.

  7. Joni on May 20, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    My brother and my friend, our family will never be same without you.

  8. Jan Mathia on May 20, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    I first met Jerry when Danny was dating Caroline and he brought this cute little boy with long hair out to the farm. He was so cute. I am so glad our paths crossed and I got to know him. My prayers are with the family now as they go on without their loved one.

    • Roni on May 21, 2020 at 10:19 am

      We have so many great memories, Jerry, from Easter egg hunts to weddings and then, babies! I will miss you so much. Growing up with cousins like you was such a blessing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Patty and Jace, and all the family.

  9. Sheila Bradley on May 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss prayers to all

    • PATTY FINLEY on June 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you Sheila. We appreciate your prayers.

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