Larry French

February 27, 1944 ‒ February 18, 2009

Marion, Ohio

Larry French 64, of Marion died unexpectedly February 18, 2009 at his home.

He was born on February 27, 1944 in Decatur, Ohio the son of the late Howard M. French and Katie Irene (Russell) Gross of Marion.

Due to his great sense of Patriotism, Larry left school and enlisted in the United States Navy. What started out as a four year commitment turned into a twenty year career devoted to the country he loved so dearly.

As a member of the United States Navy Larry traveled all over the world. His service included Sea Duty on 7 different ships; the USS Josephus Daniels, the USS Moinester, the USS Belknap, the USS Independence, the USS Barney, the USS Sierra, and the USS Orion. His career highlights as a Machinist Mate included service during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

On May 19, 1964 he married Edris L. Oliver in Marion. This year would have marked their 45th year together as husband and wife. Edris will remember her husband as a “great man” and “one-of-a-kind”. Together they had two children, Cathy and Larry.

While Larry traveled significantly, due to his Navy Career, Edris and the children moved less frequently, living in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and retiring to Marion.

After his retirement from the Navy as a Senior Chief and E-8 in 1982, Larry continued his work with the government, taking employment for DSCC as an equipment specialist. He always had to stay busy and even worked for a period of time at Wal-Mart, which is where Edris works.

Larry enjoyed working with his hands. Whether he was doing his job as a machinist, wood working, or planting and tending to his vegetable garden he was the happiest when an opportunity arose to get his hands dirty.

Larry was very proud of his family and cherished those times spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

His family will remember his reliability, loyalty, and selflessness that would lead to a 40 year commitment to his country.

He held memberships in the American Legion Post #584 and the National Rifle Association.

He will be missed his wife Edris French and their two children Cathy (Allen) Mories of Marion and Larry French of LaRue; his mother Katie Gross of Marion; three grandchildren Kelsey Mories, Hunter French, and Jared Mories; three brothers Elmer (Carolyn) French of Marion Bill (Sandy) French of Green Camp, and Rick French of Marion; sisters Eloise Moore, Marilyn (Ray) Moore, and Vickie (Bob) Kanniard all of Marion; and a sister-in-law Minnie French of Pedro, Ohio

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his grandson Mason A. Mories; and his brothers Eugene, Roger, and Randy French.

Friends may call on the family on Sunday February 22, 2009 from 2-5 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center Street, Marion. Pastor Gary Miller will conduct services there on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the American Cancer Society, 870 Michigan Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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