Ozroe Dewit ("OD") and Helen "Beryl" George FINCH Family
The Family of
Helen "Beryl" (GEORGE) and Ozroe Dewit (O.D.) FINCH

Reuben Andrew

1832-1902 picture
(m) Mary Jane
1837-1916 picture
William H.

1832 VA-?
(m) Isabella E.

1835 MO?- ?


William Hadley GEORGE     (m)
1861-1945   picture
1867-1901   picture

* Helen "Beryl" George
b. 28 July 1898, MO (near Whitesville, Andrew Co?)
d. 6 March 1992, Bigfork, MT (93)
Lonepine Cemetery, Bigfork, Flathead Co, MT

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(m) Ozroe Dewit (O.D.) FINCH
b. 20 May 1895, Jericho MO
d. 15 August 1971 Bigfork MT (76)
lived in MO and MT
Lone Pine Cemetery, Bigfork, Flathead Co, MT
m. 25 May 1918 MT

OD and Beryl had 11 Children:
Olive, Ozroe Dennis, William, Joseph, Lila, Bertie, Lloyd, Miles, and three infant daughters

Family Timeline: (Photos below
1895, 20 May: Ozroe FINCH was born in Jericho MO
1898, Jul 28: Helen "Beryl" George was born in Hopkins, MO to Will and Ollie Belle George.
between 1898/1901 - Will GEORGE moved his family to Montana
1901 - Ollie Belle GEORGE died of TB (Custer Co MT cemetery)
1918, 25 May 1918 - Ozroe married Beryl in MT
??? - 3 daughters died young
1920, 26 Mar - Olive Ladine FINCH (RODGERS) of Missoula, MT; died 20 Dec 2007 (87)
1922, 28 June - Ozroe "Dennis" FINCH of Mountlake Terrace, WA; died 18 Jul 2008 (86)
1926, 2 Apr - William Earl FINCH of Omaha, NE; died 17 Jul 2000 (74)
??? - Joseph Wayne FINCH born in ?, of Great Falls, MT (died aged 84 - date unk)
??? - Lila Claire FINCH (DOUGLAS) born in ?, of LaGrande, OR, (died age 82- date unk)
??? - Bertie Joyce FINCH (CLOWERS) born in ?, of Seattle, WA Facebook
??? - Lloyd George FINCH born in ?, of Edmonds, WA Facebook
1938, Mar 12 - Miles Curtis FINCH of Polson and Kalispell, MT Facebook, wife Karen -?-
1971, 15 August: Ozroe FINCH (76) died from car accident, Bigfork MT
1971 - Ozroe was buried at Lone Pine Cemetery, Bigfork, Flathead Co, MT
1992, Mar 6 - Beryl FINCH (93) died at Bigfork MT, buried in Lonepine Cemetery, Bigfork, Flathead Co., MT (See obituary below)

Olive Ladine FINCH
b 26 Mar 1920 (SSDI)
d 20 Dec 2007 (87-SSDI)
Olive lived in Missoula, MT. This picture was taken at a family reunion in 2006.
Ozroe "Dennis" FINCH
b 28 Jun 1922 (
d 18 Jul 2008 (86-SSDI)
m Mary ?
O. Dennis lived in Mountlake Terrace, WA.
William Earl FINCH
b 2 Apr 1926 (
d 17 Jul 2000 (74-SSDI)
m ?
William lived in Omaha, NE.

[There is a younger William Earl Finch buried in Montana at Roundup (MT) Cemetery, 1935-1994]

Joseph Wayne FINCH
b ?
d (84 Great Falls, MT)
m ?
Joe in 2006, lived in Great Falls, MT. Gail Shipek (Facebook) is his daughter.

[There also was a Joseph Henry Finch of Helena, MT who died at age 38, dates unknown. This was not the Joseph Henry Finch (1917 TX - 1971 Helena, MT) son of John Madison and Lena Ellen Pullen Finch]
Lila Claire FINCH
b Aug 13, 1930
d (living)
m Albert Milburn DOUGLAS
b Jan 26, 1930
Lila lived in LaGrande, OR.
Daughter Beverly J. Donnell is on Facebook
Bertie Joyce FINCH
b Jul 29, ?
Bertie Joyce lived in Seattle, WA. She is on Facebook
Lloyd George FINCH
b ?
m Zola (nee ?)
b ?
Lloyd lives in Edmonds, WA. He is on Facebook

His daughter, Marcia Finch Klitzke, on Facebook, provided this September 2013 family photo:
Marla Barsness (twin), Melodee Hooper, Lloyd Finch, Zola Finch and Marcia Finch Klitzke (twin) in Lemmon, SD.

Miles Curtis FINCH
b 12 Mar 1938
m Karen (nee ?)

Karen and Miles
live in Kalispell or Polson, MT. Having been a small town pastor, Miles is now the author of the book Somewhere by Chicago: "Books and Musings From A Montana Pastor and Writer". He not only has a blog site at Miles Finch Online, but is also on Facebook.

Family Photos
(click to enlarge picture)

O.D. Finch

Beryl and Olive Finch

Grandpa Will and the Finch family

Lila, standing
Bertie, Olive, Joe, and Dennis (2006)

1992 Obituary of
Helen Beryl Finch, 93

Helen Beryl Finch, 93, a former resident of Bigfork and Polson, died Friday of natural causes at her daughter's home in Seattle.

She was born July 28, 1898, in Hopkins, Mo., soon moving to Knowlton, Mont., near Miles City and Baker, with her parents where they and several other Missouri families homesteaded.

Her mother died when she was 4, in 1902*, and General George Miles, namesake of Miles City, signed the deed to her cemetery plot. Teddy Roosevelt signed the homestead papers.

On May 25, 1918, she married Ozroe Dewitt (O.D.) Finch, and they farmed and ranched on the family homestead, also having homes in Miles City. In 1954, they purchased a cherry orchard 10 miles south of Bigfork, where the lived for 17 years. In 1975, she moved to Polson, residing there until 1984, when she moved to Seattle.

Beryl Finch loved people and being hospitable, loved cooking, flowers, Montana, and Christ. Her strong faith and witness were known throughout her life, and she was a member of Bigfork Chapel while residing in Bigfork and a member of New Life Christian Center in Polson at the time of her death. She attended both Shoreline Community Church and Christ Church of Northgate while in Seattle.

Survivors include three daughters, Olive Ladine Rodgers of Missoula, Lila Claire Douglas of LaGrande, Ore., and Bertie Joyce Clowers of Seattle; five sons, Ozroe Dennis of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., William Earl of Omaha, Neb., Joseph Wayne of Great Falls, Lloyd George of Edmonds, Wash., and Miles Curtis of Polson; and 24 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ozroe, in August of 1971, and by three infant daughters.

Services will be at New Life Christian Center in Polson at 11 a.m. March 14, with burial at Lonepine Cemetery in Bigfork at 1 p.m.

Memorials can be sent to New Life Christian Center, 1414 Second Street West, Polson, Mont., 59860, and will be applied to some family-chosen cause.

Arrangements are by Mosley-Shrider Funeral Home in Polson.

(Source unknown)

* mother's date of death should be 1901, not 1902, per Beryl Finch.

Special thanks to Miles Finch and Beryl Finch for help with the Finch family line, and to Ethel Campbell, Louise Worster, Terri Strong, Monica Schirmer Eshelman (eshelman@alltel.net), and Edwin Jones (edwin.jones@alaska.com) for contributing information on the Reuben Andrew and Mary Jane (Hobson) George line.
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