In retirement, he worked as a gunsmith, ran a salvage yard and raised horses and cattle. He spoke often of the Navy as a good career choice for young men and women.
"His story will continue inspiring generations to come while also reminding us all about the contributions and sacrifices of America's greatest generation," said Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine), a longtime friend.
Finn was particularly important to aviation ordnance specialists: sailors whose job, while significant to projecting air power, is decidedly unglamorous. Last year at the U.S. Navy facility in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, aviation ordnance specialists held a ceremony in Finn's honor.
Survivors include his son, Joseph. Finn's wife, Alice, died in 1998.