ONEONTA — James Finlen, 77, of Palm Desert, Calif., formerly of Oneonta, died peacefully at home Dec. 17, 2013.
Jim graduated from Oneonta High School in 1953. He then attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and then entered the United States Naval Academy, graduating June 3, 1959, as an Ensign Submariner. He had a long and distinguished career in the Navy. He retired in June 1979 from the Naval Undersea Center as Full Commander.
Jim is survived by his wife, Melan; daughters, Karen and Susan of Lemon Grove, Calif.; granddaughter, Isabella; brother, Roger of Merritt Island, Fla.; nieces and nephews; several cousins, including Gary and Lynda Wiseman, formerly of Oneonta.
Interment will be later in Annapolis, Md.