John Allen Finnell


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John Allen Finnell
January 27, 1949 – January 14, 2016

John A. Finnell, 66, of San Diego, passed away peacefully January 14, after a lengthy illness.

Born January 27, 1949, in Pasadena, CA, John graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Army in Co. C, 1/16, 1st Infantry Division and Co. D, 2/27, 25th Infantry Division.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, Expert Shooting Badge with Rifle Device, and other medals, devices and items.

After 34 years working for the U.S. Postal Service, John volunteered as a safety captain on the U.S.S. Midway and was an active member of ACVOW (American Combat Veterans of War).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Finnell and Marilyn Laughrin.

Surviving family members include his wife, Julie Demski Finnell, son, Cory (Adrienne) Finnell, stepfather, Richard Laughrin, siblings, Scott (Kim) Finnell, Joyce (Bob) Chronister, Laurie (Jim) Halfpenny, Debbie Laughrin, and Dan Laughrin, granddaughters, Taylor and Avery Finnell, cousins, Mark (Lorie) Constable, Kent (Karen) Constable and numerous nephews and nieces.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1:30-4:30 P.M., Sunday January 31, at Il Fornaio restaurant on Coronado Island (619-437-4911).

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Vietnam Veterans of America (

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