Larry W. French, 70, went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2015. Surrounded by his family, he passed away peacefully at his home in Jackson, Missouri,
He was born November 29, 1944 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to Goebel W. and Mildred M. Woodward French. At the age of 9 years, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at First Baptist Church in Centralia, Illinois.
Larry was a 1963 graduate of Burlington High School in Burlington, Iowa. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving honorably from November 10, 1965 to October 1, 1969.
He married Esther Tripp on April 29, 1972, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
The French family lived many years in Galesburg, Illinois. Larry worked 32 years at The Maytag Corporation, retiring October 1, 1995. He was an active member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School many years, serving on the evangelism committee, and serving as president of the local branch of Aid Association for Lutherans.
After retiring, he and Esther moved to Jackson. He was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson.
Larry was passionate about his family; an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals; and enjoyed sharing his love of music with relatives and friends.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of nearly 43 years, Esther of Jackson; two chidlren, Julie (Eric) Schultz of Decatur, Illinois, Matthew (Dori) French of Wentzville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Michael Schultz, Benjamin Schultz, Gavin Merkle, Macy French, and soon to come Braydin French; two brothers, Jerry (Anna) French and Michael French (John Johnsen); numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim French; his parents; and a half-sister, Sheila.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 4 to 7 PM, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral will be Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 10:30 AM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Weston Wildauer officiating.
Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with full military honors.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel or St. Francis Hospice.
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