Jacob N. ‘Jake’ Finley

Jacob N. “Jake” Finley, of South St. Paul, Minn., formerly of Stet, passed away Sunday morning, 2:28 a.m., Aug. 13, 2017, at his home in South St. Paul.

He lived artistically and harmoniously, being granted an earthly life of 28 years, 3 months and 22 days.

It was on April 22, 1989, in Lamoni, Iowa, that the Lord blessed the home of Jimmy Ray and Andrea Bernadette (Carr) Finley with the gift of a beautiful and healthy baby son. Jacob attended grade school in Lamoni and graduated with the class of 2007 from Tarkio High School. He attended college briefly, but he was more aware that learning was from within and by living life to the fullest means possible. He was a believer in utilizing the given skills he was born with and by being a self-taught man.

Jacob’s fond memories of childhood include his pets, with his favorite being a cat named Superdog, playing outdoors with siblings, and running down the country roads by his father’s farm. He was especially grateful to his sister Sariah for her influence in learning to play the trumpet. Jacob went on to be in All-State Jazz Band and All-State choir in high school, as well as helping coach the younger musicians.

Jacob had several jobs, from construction to manufacturing, to barista coffee service, given the title as the best “latte artist” they ever had. He was known as a hard worker, incredibly capable, and always looking out for his fellow co-workers. His favorite job was the New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City, Iowa, where he met several good friends and made many good memories. Jacob loved and understood children which prompted him to apply and begin working for the Minnesota Children’s Museum, quickly rising in all aspects and becoming the office manager. He fit into this position very well, being versatile within any department. He was known as sharp, fun and funny. He always took pride in his work and sought a connection with everyone he interacted with in work and pleasure.

Jacob lived in several locations throughout his life, which taught him to adapt, and created a man who never took anything, anyone or any day for granted. He briefly lived with his brother Malachi, having great interactions with his niece and nephew. He made many special friends while living in Lawrence, Kan., and Iowa City, Iowa. It was in Iowa City, in June of 2015, that he met Leah at a pub one night. She put money in the jukebox and let him pick a song if only he would dance with her. He picked his favorite artist, Elton John’s, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” and they quickly danced their way into falling in love, never separating since. The following November, they packed everything into his beloved little Honda and moved to Las Cruces, N.M. Always a lover of animals, Jacob adopted their cat, Macchiato there on New Year’s Day. They later moved to St. Paul, Minn., where they became engaged in November 2016. They learned from one another, laughed, loved, and shared many passions, especially music and books.

Jacob loved to play his guitar and to sing. He developed a taste for a variety of music. He especially loved Elton John, Chopin, the Magnetic Fields and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Jacob was also an avid lover of art, philosophy and literature. He especially loved the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Shakespeare, Edward Dalberg, Franz Kafka and Herman Melville. Jacob never stopped his personal development, always reading, writing down ideas, thoughts, poems and things that he read. He also loved to draw, paint, and collage, as well as play pool and chess.

Jacob had a deep sense of his surroundings, and a deep love for people, never wanting anyone to suffer on his behalf.

Jacob is survived by his paternal grandparents, John and Barbara Finley, of Stet; maternal grandparents, Berkley and Joyce Carr, of Allendale; his father, Jimmy Ray Finley, of Norborne; his mother Andrea Bernadette Carr, of Overland Park, Kan.; the love of his life and his fiancée, Leah Otting; siblings, Billy Daniels, Sariah Keever, Timothy Carr, Nikete Finley, Malachi Finley, Zakery Finley, Kady Maybury and Amber Dunlap; nieces and nephews, Kendall and Kyle Keever and Lylah and Cyrus Finley and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed by all that knew him, but he will never be forgotten.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at New Hope United Methodist Church, north of Hardin.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at Foster Funeral Chapels, Carrollton.

His final resting place will be in New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Josh Waters, Jerry Waters, Joe Finley, Jared Finley, Zachery Stith and Clif Kugler.

Honorary pallbearers are John C. Koontz, Jake Waters, Jonny Coats, Russ Kunza, Russ Couch, Larry Hall and Gary Walker.

As an expression of sympathy and in memory of Jacob, memorial contributions may be made to Family Choice. They may be left at, or mailed to Foster Funeral Chapels, 201 South Main Street, Carrollton, MO 64633.

Honorably serving the family, arrangements are under the direction of Foster Funeral Chapels.  Online condolences may be left for the family at, or on our Facebook page, Foster Family Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, LLC.

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