David Finley

January 7, 1948 - September 25, 2019
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David Allen Finley, age 71, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House at New Philadelphia.

Born at Dover, Ohio on January 7, 1948, Dave was a son of the late Samuel and Nancy Ellis Finley.

Dave was a 1966 graduate of Dover High Sch…

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David Allen Finley, age 71, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 25, 2019, while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House at New Philadelphia.

Born at Dover, Ohio on January 7, 1948, Dave was a son of the late Samuel and Nancy Ellis Finley.

Dave was a 1966 graduate of Dover High School and furthered his education at Bowling Green State University where he earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Education.

During college, Dave played football for Bowling Green where he received an “Honorable Mention” All American player. Following his own playing career, Dave served as an assistant coach and taught for Bowling Green, Western Michigan University and Wayne State University in Michigan. He remained faithful to his roots and became an assistant coach for the Dover football. Dave also enjoyed watching college football and being an avid golfer.

For many years, Dave protected and served the City of New Philadelphia and retired following nearly 30 years with the New Philadelphia Police Department. He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a former member of the New Philadelphia Elks Lodge BPOE #510.

Surviving is his wife, the former Patricia Martinelli whom he married on May 10, 1969, his daughter, Christa (David) Frantz of New Philadelphia; a granddaughter, Meghan (Cody) Gordon of Dover; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene (Martha) Martinelli, John (Jill) Martinelli, and Mike (Debbie) Martinelli all of New Philadelphia as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Frantz; a brother, Jerry Finley, and a brother-in-law, Jim Martinelli.

The family will greet guests on Sunday, September 29, 2019, from Noon – -2:00 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Brian Flood will lead a memorial service celebrating Dave’s life in the funeral home’s chapel at 2 PM. A meal will follow in the Geib Funeral Center, adjacent to the funeral home. Cremation care has been conducted by Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Crematory.

Memorial contributions in Dave’s name may be directed to the Zachary Frantz Memorial Leadership Scholarship C/O The Quaker Foundation, PO Box 627, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm

End Time: 2:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Geib Family Center


116 2nd Street NE, New Philadelphia, OH, 44663

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Quaker Foundation

Zachary Frantz Memorial Leadership Scholarship

P.O. Box 627
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 9/30/19

Dave grew up with the Finley boys...They all worked together on Phila and Dover Police Departments...Dave remained a good friend to both of us ...We had great times at Fraternal Order of Police functions...Pat, Christa and Dave, Megan and Cody and Finley and Martinelli families we cannot imagine how hard this is on all of you but know that you are in our prayers for comfort now and always...We have many good memories of Dave....He was a dedicated family member and police officer...May he be pain free and at peace in Heaven with his dear Grandson Zachary , Parents, Brother and all family and coworkers there...


Jack Lewis posted on 9/29/19

I'm so sorry to hear about Dave. We were classmates and part of the '66 class. I last saw Dave at the Orrville golf outing two years ago. We saw each other and golfed together each year at the annual class golf outing. I enjoyed his online posts and had various back and forth chats until he unable to continue with that. He'll be missed.


CATHERINE MARKS posted on 9/28/19

Deepest sympathy to Dave's family..I was a member of the DHS Class of 1966..he will be warmly remembered as an outstanding athlete, teacher, coach and police officer. God Bless. Catherine Marks


Joe Hagloch posted on 9/28/19

Many years ago I was a Military Policeman and quickly learned that there were good cops and bad cops. Dave was the best cop I ever knew, civilian or military.


Carrie posted on 9/28/19

My dear Pat. I had no idea. I am so sorry for this loss and life change. You are one of strongest women I have ever met and though these are a challenge you will come through bathed in sunlight. If life gets bitter use sweet and low ?. You are in my thoughts and prayers. When all the chaos quiets and you are alone wrap yourself in love and quiet memories Love you


Nicole Beans posted on 9/28/19

So sorry for your loss. Sorry I can't be there. Many prayers are going out to you


Nanette Roberson posted on 9/28/19

I am very sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family. Love you Mrs. Finely.


Paulette Mowrer Deardorff posted on 9/27/19

Pat,Christa and Megan, so sorry for the loss of David. Many happy memories of growing up with a great cousin! Praying for comfort in knowing he is whole and healthy again. Hugs to all!


Bob Trinka posted on 9/27/19

Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Remember him well. Great guy & great athlete. ?


Cathy Civiello posted on 9/27/19

Patty and family, so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. Blessings to you all during this difficult period. ?


Dian Finley Dozmati posted on 9/27/19

So sorry to hear of David’s passing. I did not know he was so ill. I have fond memories of him on the famous Connie Finley’s porch when the family would gather on visits. My thoughts are with you Pat, Christa and Meghan.


Rik Haines posted on 9/27/19

Finley Family - Dave will truly be missed, but take comfort in that he is looking down on all of us. He was a great classmate, teammate and friend. Coach Haines always said that Dave Finley was the toughest guy he ever coached in his 45 years. May God give you strength during this time and in the future. God Bless you all. Rik Haines South Elementary & Dover High School (Class of 1966)


Frank & Cindy Alesiano posted on 9/27/19

Cindy and I send our deepest sympathy to Pat, Christa, and family. Dave was not only a good athlete but also a very good police officer who we both admired. God bless the family during this difficult time.


Marsha Martinelli Lauria posted on 9/27/19

Dear Pat and Family, I am sad to read of Dave's passing. May he rest in peace and you all be blessed with happy memories of youe time together~~~Marsha


Lyle A Tope II posted on 9/27/19

Dear Pat & Family, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was & still is a good man & dedicated to the citizens of New Phila. May you be consoled in your grief by our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Jennifer Grassman & Family posted on 9/27/19

Prayers to your family so sorry for your loss.


Charlie Penix posted on 9/27/19

To a fellow classmate’s Family: I offer my condolences and I “Know” where he is. I was there in 1998 for 21 minutes. (https://penix-oh.net/ {“Out if Body Experience Link”} Charlie Penix Class Of ‘66


Greg Geib posted on 9/27/19

So sorry for your loss


April and Gary Stull and Irene Walker posted on 9/27/19

Patty, We are very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Please extend our condolences to your children as well.


Sheldon Demattio posted on 9/27/19

Thoughts and prayers for Dave's family. Worked with Dave for over 20 years at the PD. We were the first two officers to work permanent mid nights. You could trust Dave to always have your back on a call. Rest in Peace Brother.


Richard Cookson posted on 9/26/19

So sorry to hear about Dave’s death. We grew up together and he was a great guy. Condolences to his family.


Sharon Hatcher posted on 9/26/19

So sad to hear. Knew Dave in high school. My sympathy to his family.


Denny and Sandy Gallentine posted on 9/26/19

Christa, We are so very sorry to hear about your dad passing from this earth. Reading this obituary it is very clear that he was such a good man. You and Dave and family will truly be in our prayers. God bless you all, especially during this time of sorrow. Sandy and Denny Gallentine


Rick&Kathy Mangon posted on 9/26/19

We are so sorry for your loss. Are prayers to all the family. He was a great man and will be greatly missed.


Robert & Tammi Everett posted on 9/26/19

Dear Pat, Christa, & Family, Tam & I send our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to all of you, with the passing of Dave. He was a good person, a good Officer, and definitely made his mark in the community. May all of your memories be only the best and help all of you through the days, months, and years to come.


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 9/26/19

Dear Christa, David and Family, So very sorry in learning the passing of your Dad...You all are in my thoughts and prayers... Carolyn Cua Vaughn


MR. & DR. KEVIN B. (DENISE MCENROE) PETITTE posted on 9/26/19



Danielle Gee posted on 9/26/19

Many fond memories of him through the years. He seemed to always be watching out for all he cared about. I know he is having a fantastic time in heaven with everyone he reunites with...he will be missed and remembered by many. Dani


Teresa Everett posted on 9/26/19

Thought and prayers to you Pat and the entire family. I yad the pleasure of meeting and working with Dave at NPPD. He was truly one of the best. He served his community well and may he now rest in peace. My thought and prayers are with all of you.


Leslie Martinelli Roney posted on 9/26/19

Love and prayers for you all. He was a wonderful uncle who never failed to remind you how much he loved you.


Rich Calderon posted on 9/26/19

Many prayers for the family. Really enjoyed my years at NPPD with Dave. He was a good man and a good friend


Sherry Dogwiler posted on 9/26/19

So very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Dave from Dover High School. May prayers comfort you.