Friday, May 7, 2010

Donald A. French

Donald A.’Frenchy’ French was born into eternal life on Friday, May 7, 2010, at Becker Shoop Center.  He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on May 15, 1929, the son of Arthur and Karen (nee: Hanson) French. 

On September 16, 1978, Donald was united in marriage to Yvonne Scheel.  He served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1946 to 1949 and was honorably discharged as a corporal.  He was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church for many years.  He was also a charter member of the Racine Raiders.  Donald was an over-the-road semi-driver, retiring as a cement truck driver for D.P. Wigley and TEWS.  He enjoyed reading, and the outdoors, fishing, making lures, camping and playing cards.  He also loved woodworking, especially making special woodworking gifts for his grandchildren.  When he was younger he enjoyed bowling.

Surviving is his wife of 31 years, Yvonne “Bonnie” and their children, Sharon (Richard) Wroten, Mark French, Debra (Richard) Sack, Daniel (Terry) French, Gregory French, Keith French and Bonnie’s children, Denise (Jerry) Pipol, Lynda LeClair, Chere LeClair and Andrea (Ken) Saylor; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Doanld was preceded in death by his daughter, Gayle Deshotel; step-son, John LeClair; five brothers and six sisters.

Memorial services will be held at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Ave., on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mary Janz officiating.  Burial will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at church on Tuesday before services from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials in Donald’s memory to Emmaus Lutheran Church have been suggested.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine  262 632-4479

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