Wheeling’s Stephen Glenn “Squeaky” Finney left the depot on a train bound for Glory on September 10, 2021.
He was her 69-year-old “Favorite Number”. He lived and died on his terms.
Steve was born in Martins Ferry, OH on November 3, 1951, the first of two sons of Marvin Glenn and Virginia Viola Bidka Finney. Marvin owned and operated Mar Glenn’s carpet cleaning business for over 40 years. His rugs are still in use 40 years later in Oglebay Park in the Pine Room. His grandparents were Walter and Nellie Bidka, who traveled here from Poland, entering this country as immigrants via Ellis Island sponsored by Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, as Walter was a master carpenter. Roland and Alma Finney were his paternal grandparents. They owned and operated Wheeling Quality Laundry. Steve’s first job was to work for them at the age of 12. He traveled with his father and grandfather through the Ohio Valley serving many customers as they owned several laundry services along the Ohio River. Since the 1980s Steve had owned and operated Hilltop Engravers. He engraved signs, plaques and badges for individuals and businesses in the Ohio Valley and across the United States for over 40 years while using a 1982 Commodore 64 computer. Steve said that it worked faster than his fingers could type and he was the type of dude he held on saying if he ain’t broke don’t fix it and continued to use the Commodore 64 on a daily basis.
He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1969, being part of the first graduating class of the newly built school in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He went to college in Silver Springs, Maryland and when he graduated there, according to Steve, the two highest paying jobs in the Ohio Valley were as a lawyer and an electrician. . Steve said “he couldn’t be as tall as a” so he became an electrician and joined IBEW Local 141 in Wheeling, where he worked as a journeyman union electrician for over 45 years old.
He met his first wife Dorothy Sedor at a New Years party and together they were lucky to have two sons, Justin and Dustin. After five years of marriage, Dorothy and Steve have separated.
It was January 10, 1996 – 26 years ago today – at 3:10 p.m. at the Sherrard Volunteer Fire Department, where Steve was in a search and rescue meeting when he was introduced to Roseanna Colvin . Roseanna, who had just lost 110 pounds on a diet of cigarettes, Sprite and pretzels, said it was love at first sight. It was her bedroom eyes and winning smile with missing a front tooth that first caught the attention of this divorced mother of four-year-old son. After the meeting, as they were enjoying appetizers, Steve approached Roseanna from behind, putting his hands around Roseanna’s waist and said, “I wonder what that size 110 pounds looked like. ” Roseanna was intrigued and struck by the Love Bug.
Their first date was on Roseanna’s birthday in May 1996 at The Cheese Cellar in Station Square in Pittsburgh. Steve paid the bill and since it was Roseanna’s birthday he got her age as a percentage off the bill. He loved her from that point on because she always saved him money. For those of you who knew Steve, you knew he was very thrifty. Roseanna looks like if Steve’s Polish Tylek was tighter, he’d shit diamonds. Steve said that since Roseanna introduced him to garage sales, he would never wash his clothes again. He said he would just wear his shorts until they were clean and dirty and then throw them away because he knew he could get a new pair at a garage sale for 25 cents.
They got married on January 1, 1999 because Steve wanted to get married on a public holiday because he said that way he would never forget their anniversary. So Roseanna said to start the year off on the right foot and get us married on New Years Day and they did. Most weddings are like taking a bath, they are not that hot after a while. If you compare Steve and Roseanna’s wedding to a bath, it was hot, humid, and full of bubbles. He never got old or cold. A match made in heaven. Whenever Steve and Roseanna were asked how long they had been married, they would respond in unison, “Not long enough.”
Roseanna and Steve were inseparable for over 25 years. Steve’s friends and family would say he and Roseanna were two peas in a pod. Roseanna’s friends and family would say she married a male version of herself. People would say Steve was one of a kind. Roseanna would say “yes, that was my favorite genre”. They worked hard and played harder. Steve found pleasure when he was around the trains. He was fascinated by the railroad, which led him to develop a passion for collecting trains. Steve owned several Railroad Speeders or “Putt-Putt” cars and loved to go on railroad adventures. Her favorite vacation destination was Durbin, West Virginia, being a Caboose Castaway on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. They are lovingly nicknamed “The Finney Postman” by many as where every year for the past 15 years Steve and Roseanna have met and greeted train passengers on July 4th, while providing them with private, entertaining caboose tours. passengers, and the promotion of the railway. They would stay for two weeks on July 4th enjoying nature at its best and plenty of nighttime fireworks could be heard as they burst in color, lighting up the night sky as the Finneys camped out in Caboose. Steve has always made everyone’s 4th of July shine bigger and brighter than the rest, going beyond the biggest and brightest fireworks money can buy.
They also did the Toys for Tots Railroad for several years using Speeder Putt – Putt wagons to haul gifts and toys that people brought on the tracks as they put down wagons and gave toys to. give to children.
Steve loved the Chocolate Reese’s Cups; they were his favorites. Roseanna said that when it came to chocolate Steve was “kindly” confused. he should have been a woman, his love for chocolate was so strong. Steve would tease Roseanna and tell her that she was the only thing he liked that wasn’t chocolate. He also lived and enjoyed the Pop-Tarts which made their glorious debut in 1964, when Kellogg first introduced the toaster pastry that would forever change breakfast and life as Steve knew it. . He enjoyed a daily sweet diet of Pop-Tarts, Reese’s Cups and chased them with chocolate milk. He enjoyed them for over 50 years. He only ate the brown sugar and cinnamon ones because he said he didn’t know what was in the fruit. Roseanna would say, “Well, if the box says they’re strawberries, there’s a good chance they’re strawberries.” “
Steve was a warm-blooded man, so he wore shorts all year round, even in subzero temperatures, with only a hat, vest, and slip-on shoes without socks. He and Roseanna made a joke when people were surprised to see him in shorts on a cold day and asked why he was wearing shorts. He would tell them it was because his wife wore the pants in the family.
Steve and Roseanna have enjoyed volunteering in many organizations. One of them worked on the New River Gorge Train, making the trip from Huntington to Hinton for many years while entertaining their train passengers. It was during this trip that they would meet Sue and Rickie Dale who were at the dock at Hawk’s Nest. Steve and Roseanna would then travel to Hawk’s Nest every year for Bridge Day and enjoy a river excursion in a jet boat commanded by Rickie Dale and his faithful sidekick, Rickie’s beloved wife Sue, to whom Steve and Roseanna waved whenever they came. through the New River Gorge by train and forge a lasting friendship. They also enjoyed watching the Cardinal Amtrak train travel to Washington, DC while staying at Hawk’s Nest Lodge.
Steve has had many accomplishments. He was particularly proud to have obtained his CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). He held a Class A CDL with numerous endorsements. His proudest endorsement was to become a licensed school bus driver. As a professional driver, Steve lived by his motto. It would say “Wear your seat belt and always use your turn signals even if you are doing 90 mph.” Judy, his mother-in-law would jokingly say he made up Road Rage.
He was a member of IBEW Local 141 for over 45 years. He was a member of the Mount Olivet Cemetery Board of Trustees, following in the footsteps of his father, Marvin, who was the Sexton of the cemetery. He has volunteered with many groups including USSARR Search And Rescue Recovery, which searches for people lost or missing, and Belmont County REACT, which offers emergency radio communications and safety breaks with free coffee and snacks. for travelers. He and Roseanna spent many weekends by the side of the road feeding the traveling public in hopes of making their travels a little brighter. He was an organ donor who offered life’s most precious gift, donating gallons of life-saving blood over the years as a member of the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Ohio County Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary 3-9 Flotilla, West Virginia Mountain Railroad Logging Association, North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA), ARCHES (American Railway Caboose Historical Educational Society), life member of NASAR. (National Search and Rescue Association). His most valuable railroad is Cass Scenic Railroad. He was proud to be a shareholder of The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, which now operates The Cass Scenic Railroad. He considered it “his own personal railway”. If Steve were the train engineer, his headlight would be on all the time and his whistle would sound loud and long.
In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by his brother, Samuel Mark Finney on September 23, 2006.
Steve will be remembered with undying love his loving wife Roseanna Colvin Finney; his two sons, Justin David Finney (Stephanie) and Dustin James Finney; her stepson, Timm “Otis” Shughart (Ashlee Goff); his grandchildren, Brenden, Alyssa, Jael, Stephen and Matthew Finney, Gavinn and Everett “Sebastian” Shughart.
Proverbs 17:22 says that a cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. “We were fortunate to have spent time with him. He was our remedy for happiness because he could raise our eyebrows, giving us the strength of memories to face this new chapter. Steve stays in our hearts cheering us on.
A private memorial was held in his honor because Steve did not want a funeral. He said there were better ways to spend $ 10,000.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Steve’s memory at The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad PO Box 44 Durbin, WV 26264
“Good pleasure to you until we meet again”
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Posted by Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home on January 10, 2022.