Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Franklin Pierce Finnicum, 87

WWII vet was local weatherman

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Franklin Pierce Finnicum, a weatherman for WLWT-TV in Cincinnati from 1960 to 1972, died Sept. 20 in Naples, Fla. He was 87.

Known to his audience as Frank Pierce, Mr. Finnicum delivered daily forecasts during the Ruth Lyons 50-50 Club and Paul Dixon programs with the late Tony Sands.

He also did a weather program called Farm Front on 700-WLW radio.

Born in 1915 in Billings, Mont., Mr. Finnicum spent 25 years in the U.S. Air Corps/Air Force, serving during World War II in Wickam, England.

He was also stationed for a time at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

He retired a chief warrant officer in the late '50s and took the meteorologist job soon after. He retired about the time his first wife, Thelma Nieter Finnicum, died of breast cancer in 1972. He moved to Naples in 1974.

Mr. Finnicum was a member of St. Ignatius Church and the White Oak Rotary Club.

His second wife, Catherine Finnicum, died in 1988.

Survivors include a son, Craig Michael Finnicum of Westminster, Colo.; a daughter, Peggy Anneliese Lenzer of Clifton; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in Naples is pending.

Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 1430, Cincinnati 45250-0301.


E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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