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Rest in Peace, Rollie Finner
September 21, 2009

Rollie Finner died Friday at the age of 75. He was the husband of Patti Finner, current president of Central States Numismatic Society and former vice president of the American Numismatic Association.

A visitation/wake occurred yesterday afternoon at their home in Iola. It was Rollie's wish to do it that way. He had a long battle with cancer and he hoped his family and friends would feel better in familiar surroundings.

The coffin was placed in the living room not far from the chair I last saw him sitting in in August.

Rollie came to Iola in 1969 in the way many of us have. Chet Krause hired him. He was working at the time at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

Chet liked Rollie's photography and wanted to see his photos in Numismatic News. Photo pages were the result.

Rollie had a 28-year stint in the National Guard and his photos in service were award winners.

As might be expected, in addition to family, friends and neighbors came to pay their respects. Current and former employees of Krause Publications were among them.

Chet Krause himself also came as did Larry Shepherd, executive director of the American Numismatic Association, and Carol Shuman, ANA controller.

Rollie moved on from Krause Publications in August of 1970, but he remained part of the Iola community and an avid numismatist. His papers and his interest stayed with him until almost to the end.

I think Rollie would be pleased if he knew who came for the wake and the nature of the conversations. Sadness is unavoidable, but I think he was right, it was a much better gathering at his home.

The funeral and interment is at 11 a.m. today at Our Savior's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Iola.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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