1935 — 2017
Stephen P. Finn, 81, of Elgin passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (today) at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin with Father Kevin Vogel officiating. Inurnment followed in the Elgin St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Steve was born on December 11, 1935 in Tecumseh, NE. He was the first born child of Robert and Eva (Peairs) Finn. He graduated from Tecumseh High School, attended college at St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1961.
Following graduation, he moved to Neligh where, for 17 years, he practiced law. In 1978, he was appointed to the bench as a county judge to serve the 7th Judicial District. He served as county judge for 24 years, retiring in 2001.
Steve served as president of the County Judges’ Association. He was on the original Board of Governors when NE Technical Community College was created and served for six years. He also served on the board of development for Pope John XXIII High School in Elgin and Pioneer Homes in Neligh. Steve served on the Antelope Country Club Board for many years.
Following retirement, he continued with his three favorite hobbies, woodworking, golf, and poker club.
Steve married Kay Lawson; three children were born to this union, Matthew (Kathy) Finn, Karen (Cory) Iber and Trish (Graeme) Bayless.
In 1989, Steve married Barbara J. (Totten) Zegers and moved to Elgin where he lived until his death.
Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Matthew, and daughter Trish, stepdaughter Michaela (Preston) Hoffmeyer, stepson Curtis (Ronna) Zegers, stepdaughter Moriah (Rob) Brookshier, seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Robert Finn of Sun City West, AZ, sister Catherine Stansbury of Daytona Beach FL, sister Margaret Bryan of Sun City, AZ, nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Karen.