Leo Chris Finkbeiner

REED CITY — Leo Chris Finkbeiner, 68, of Reed City, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at his residence.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1947, in Barton Township of Lake County, to Leo and Margaret (Luce) Finkbeiner, and was a 1965 graduate of Reed City High School. From 1966-68 he served his country honorably in the U.S. Army as a member of the 557th Army Engineers. On Aug. 14, 1999, he was married on his farm to Karen Weck, who survives him.

He was employed over the years with Gardner Denver Co., Home Oil Co., and with NTH Construction Inc.; a company he founded and operated until his son took over in 2005. He was a member of the Reed City VFW Post No. 2964, the Reed City Gilbert A. Samis American Legion Post No. 78, and the Reed City Moose Lodge No. 705. Leo was well known for his larger-than-life personality and infectious smile. He enjoyed his children and family and looked forward to the spring season and its promise of new growth, picking morel mushrooms, hunting, farming, traveling the country with his wife, Karen, and riding his farm property with grandchildren and his dog, Remie.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Finkbeiner; children, Craig Finkbeiner, Michelle (Roger) Steig, Jason Finkbeiner, Amanda (Bob) Grant, Marcy (Jeff) Walston, and Matt Kailing; sisters, Helen (Donald) McLachlan and Ellen Finkbeiner; mother-in-law, Ruth Weck; sisters-in-law, Julie Finkbeiner and Sherry Butler; brother-in-law, Rod (Nancy) Weck; uncles, Chris Finkbeiner and Claire (Helen) Luce; aunt, Zada Luce; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Margaret Finkbeiner; daughter, Carrie Eveland; brother, Larry Finkbeiner; and sister, Linda Vandawater.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Reed City, with Pastors Kathy Cadarette and Tim Fagan officiating. Burial will be at Chase Township Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Reed City.

A memorial contribution may be made in his name to the Reed City VFW Post No. 2964, Hospice of Michigan, or to the Osceola County Animal Shelter. An online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at pruittlivingston.com.