Robert F. Finn Sr., 84, Air Force chief master sergeant

July 12, 2006

Robert F. Finn Sr., a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who was later a state job placement of- ficer, died of a pulmonary embolism Saturday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Middle River, he attended Patterson Park High School and enlisted in the Army Air Forces in July 1942.

A graduate of the Air Force NonCommissioned Officers Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, he served after World War II in communications and recruiting units for the Mid-Atlantic states until he retired in 1976 as a chief master sergeant, the most senior enlisted grade in the Air Force.

"He was a man of honor and integrity who was very patriotic," said Robert Ockert, who served with him and now lives in Shippensburg, Pa.

Mr. Finn then became a job placement officer with the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development. He retired in 1996.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, where he was a member.

Survivors include two sons, Robert F. Finn Jr. of Hampton, Va., and Michael P. Finn of Bel Air; a daughter, Lisa Bockstie of Forest Hill; a brother, Larry Finn of Greeley, Colo.; a sister, Ruth Gannett of Redding, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. His wife of 40 years, the former Brenda Travers, died in 2005.

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