Derke Finley
Derke Finley

Obituary of Derke Walter Finley

Derke Walter Finley, of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on November 2, 2021 at the age of 66.  He is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, born on January 8, 1955 to his loving parents, Fred Walter Finley (Shirley) and the late Shirley Gallejo. Derke has cherished the last 14 years with Kaelyn Hansen, the love of his life. He is the beloved father of Zachary Finley, Chrissy Finley, Ian Finley (Audrey), Kayla Harris (Drew), Samantha Sondrup (Jeremy), and Nichelle Fields (Mike Trevino); proud grandfather of Noah, Raiden, Rowan, Julissa, Damian, Helena, Adrian, Bruer, Breslin, Benjamin, Jay, Cali, Alex, and Ashton; and caring brother of Mike Wagnon (Renna), Rose Fields, Larry Finley (Stanla), Susie Kosbab (Paul), the late Wayne Finley (Iris), and the late Gary Finley. Derke also held a special place in his heart for the late Roman “Doc” and Wilma Kurylas. He shared a very special bond with their children: Steve, Teresa, Meeka, Carolyn, and Jerry. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends whom he loved dearly.

Derke was a dedicated employee of Homestake Goldmine for 25 years and was the owner and operator of Finley Trucking for 18 years.  He enjoyed fishing, riding Harley’s, traveling and he “loved to hate” golfing.  Derke was always up for an adventure and loved to laugh.  He treasured nothing more than the time he spent with his loved ones and friends.  Derke will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Memories and condolences may be expressed at

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