Edward C Finkbohner

Edward C Finkbohner

Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 May 1987 (aged 67)
Winter Park, Orange County, Florida, USA
Burial Forest City, Seminole County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 46732798 View Source

He was born in Dayton Ohio in 1920 and at the age of 3, the family moved to join his paternal grandfather and uncle in Tusten, Sullivan County, New York, where they had three identical houses built in a row outside the town of Narrowsburg. They lived in rural New York through the depression, where he graduated from Narrowsburg High School in 1938. He attended three semesters at NYU on a track scholarship before enlisting in the US Marines in 1940.

His family had been long time friends with the family of his future wife, as their fathers had served together in WWI and had been stationed together in Camp Sherman (Chillicothe Ohio) for retraining when first returning to civilian life. Her family had moved to Philadelphia where they courted before getting married 15 August 1941. They had to wait for the middle of the month for pay day to have the money for the wedding license.

He served in the Pacific during WWII and remained in the US Marine Corps for a total of 26 years, retiring in 1965 as a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4). He also served in the ground forces during the Korean War and was stationed aboard the USS Boxer off the coast of Cuba during the missle crisis. After his Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps with 26 years of service, he took his family to their home in Norfolk VA prior to permanently relocating to Florida in 1969. He had a second career as an Unemployment Tax Auditor for the State of Florida, serving the state for another 16 years. His wife passed in 1985 after 44 years of marriage, and he had a brief but happy relationship with a wonderful lady named Marna Williams. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in May 1987, six months before they planned to marry.

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