View Single Post
  #1  
Old 02-20-2010, 07:36 PM
devildog-64012's Avatar
devildog-64012 devildog-64012 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Belton, Mo.
Posts: 433
Post John Bruce Finlayson, 86, Carrollton, MO

John Bruce Finlayson, 86, of Carrollton, Missouri, died Friday, February 19, 2010, at his home. Bruce was a graduate for Carrollton High School in the class of 1941. He went to Purdue University where he graduated in 1946 with a degree in engineering withan honorary membership in both Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Fraternities. He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
His education was interrupted for three years while he served as an officer in the United States Marines in World War II.
Upon the death of his father in 1947, he returned to Carrollton to run the family coal business. In 1951 the Dari Maid and Bruce's Burger Bar were established and successfully operated for thirty years. He was an active civic leader in many organizations including: The Carrollton R-VII School Board, Carroll County Memorial Hospital Board, and the Chamber of Commerce. Bruce
served as the President of the Carrollton Park Board for over twenty years and designed the Little League baseball field during that time. He was instrumental in the founding of the Carrollton Booster Club for the school athletic programs. He was a member of the Lions Club for over sixty years. He served as an elder in the Carrollton Presbyterian Church and was also the treasurer. Bruce began officiating high school football games in 1947 and by 1953 had moved up to the collegiate level in the Big 7 Conference (the forerunner of the Big Eight and Big Twelve). 1962 marked the beginning of his twelve-year NFL officiating career. Upon retirement from the NFL, he accepted a position with the Big Eight Conference as Supervisor of Football Officials, serving in that capacity for fifteen years. He was then lured from retirement once again by the NFL to serve as a college scout for future NFL officials. Bruce was still going to football games nearly every fall Saturday just a short time ago. In 1944 he was awarded the Football Officials Award of Merit by the Collegiate Commissioners Association. Born August 12, 1923, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to John T. and Jesse (Hamilton) Finlayson. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of the home; daughter Susan McCaskill and husband Doug, of Chesterfield, Missouri; son John B. and wife Sandy, of Southlake, Texas; daughter Lisa, Pensacola, Florida; son Keith and wife Susan, of Carrollton, Missouri; five grandchildren and one great- grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Hinson Finlayson and daughter Sally. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2010, at the First Christian Church, Carrollton, Missouri. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton, Missouri, with a Military Service. Visitation will be from 2-4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 21, 2010, at the First Christian Church, Carrollton, Missouri. A fund has been set up at the Carroll County Trust Company to be given to various Carrollton Youth Athletic programs in memory of Bruce. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633. Condolences may be sent to the family via Gibson Funeral Homes, Inc. Web site at www.gibsonfunerals.com and clicking on the obituaries link.
Published in Kansas City Star on February 20, 2010.



__________________
Semper Fidelis
Richard Deiters
MSGT USMC(Ret)
MCL KC Det#766 - SGT-at-ARMS
MOS's4065/4063(First MOS 5541)

Last edited by devildog-64012; 02-20-2010 at 07:37 PM. Reason: hide part of "TAPS" html code.
Reply With Quote