Dr. Frederick (Rick) Finke
April 6, 1945 ~ April 26, 2023
Dr. Finke’s life of service and love ended April 26, 2023, after complications from open heart surgery. Rick was born at the Ohio State University Hospital on April 6,1945, son of Dr. Fred and Betty Finke. His Buckeye roots started early and lasted his whole life. He loved OSU football! During Rick’s senior year at Columbus West High School he began dating Janet Mitchell. It was a love lasting 60 years, 57 of them as a married couple. Their first son, Frederick Wayne (Rick W.) was born during his final year of medical school. After graduation and an internship he joined the U.S.Navy where he served for two years in Virginia. Douglas Todd (Doug)was born during their last year there. Fifty years ago the family moved to Nashville, TN, for Rick to do a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University. Upon completing the program he set up a solo private practice. Before retiring in 2017, he delivered close to 7000 babies. He loved his patients and helping them to bring new life into the world. It was only during the last few years of his practice that he joined a wonderful group of fellow OB/GYN doctors. Rick had a servant’s heart. He was loving, compassionate, kind, sincere and caring. He loved Janet and his boys, giving them all the help and support he knew how to do, for every moment of his life. Over the years he served in many volunteer positions from his own high school clubs to board memberships at his children’s schools, to small community rescue squads, the different churches he attended, and most recently with Rotary. He “made rounds” in his retirement with Jake and Butter, his Golden Retrievers, going to retirement centers and telling jokes and puns as the dogs comforted residents and staff. Rick may hold a record for the number of jokes and puns he told and for how often he told them. He had a quick wit and was never shy about sharing it. The family would like to thank all of you who endured some of these and remained his friend anyway. He loved the smiles they brought, even if accompanied by eye rolls from some of the family. Dr. Rick was preceeded in death by his parents, his son, Rick W., his mother and father-in-law Venita and J.W. Mitchell, who were like his own parents. He is survived by his wife, Janet, his son, Doug, many dear friends, neighbors, colleagues, his Texas and Ohio relatives, and GraceAnn and Virginia Glisson who knew and loved him as “Papa Rick.” Rick did not want a funeral or memorial service but asked us all to remember him and “Live, Love, Laugh as much as possible. Give yourselves to others. Spread kindness always. Blessings to you. Your Old Buckeye Friend.” In honor of Rick, his son, Doug, requests you tell the worst pun you know to the first person you see who could use a smile. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, 2144 Fairfax Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue's only locally owned burial and cremation provider.