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Updated: 07/30/2014 08:00:06AM

Michael R. Finkle

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Michael R. “Mike” Finkle, 57, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, July 25, 2014.

Mike was born Sept. 9, 1956, in Great Barrington, Mass.

After graduating high school in Sacramento, Calif., he moved to Arcadia at the age of 17. During his working years, Mike worked in Seattle, Wash., as a police officer for Boeing, during which time he had clearance for guarding U.S. Air Force One. Also while in Seattle, he operated two Fed Ex Ground trucks. In Florida, Mike retired as a Captain for the Department of Corrections, after 19 years of service. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing and fishing. Mike was a NASCAR enthusiast whose favorite driver was Kasey Kahne. Mike was a proud father and loving son, brother, grandpa and uncle, and will be deeply missed.

Mike is survived by his son, Christopher (Kristie) Finkle of Arcadia; parents, Don and Mary “Mom” Finkle of Arcadia; mother, Marie Stalker; brother, Robert (Maria) Finkle of Chula Vista, Calif.; sister, Dona Garcia of Arcadia; grandchildren, Evan Prescott and Riley Finkle; nephew, Brandon Garcia; niece, Jharelle Finkle; and aunt, Elma Stalker.

A gathering to celebrate Mike’s life will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a memorial service to begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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