Chief Wilbur Lloyd “Red” Finders, 86, of Olathe, KS passed away July 30, 2015 at Vintage Park of Gardner, Kan.
Wilbur was born in Illinois on March 16, 1929 to Rev. Alvin and Mrs. Finders. He grew up in Iowa. Red married Patricia Marie Karnes in 1948 and May Bell Finders in 1969. He served in the US Navy during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Red was an air traffic controller on the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Kearsarge. He was instrumental in writing the Navy manual for air traffic control and trained pilots. Red was a pitcher for the Navy softball team and played all over the world. He retired from the Navy on June 3, 1966. After retirement from the Navy, Red worked for the US Postal Service, was a hog farmer and truck driver for Fordyce. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the Olathe Am. Legion, and the Christian Race Car Drivers Assoc. Red became a member of AA in 1976 and was sober for the rest of his life. He was an avid race car driver with his son Mike.
He was preceded in death by his wives, parents; sons: Frank and Mike Finders; granddaughter Shannon Winters and great-grandson Collin Winters; siblings: Frank, Allen and Ruth Finders. Red is survived by his daughters: Patricia and husband Fred Winters, Gardner, KS and Shirley and husband David Gooch, Olathe, KS; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held 3:00 pm Mon., Aug. 3, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan. (913) 856-7111. Burial at Antioch Cemetery, Spring Hill, Kan.. Visitation 2:00 pm before the service also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences may be left at