Garth Rainey French, 74, of East Rochester, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in his home.
He was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of John and Mary (Axe) French. He retired from Republic Steel and is a member of the Steelworkers Union Local 1200 and the S.O.A.R. Chapter 27-1. He is a U.S. Army Veteran, member of the N.R.A. and the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association.
He is survived by six sons, David (Dawn) French of Alliance, and John (Angela) French, Paul French, Samuel French, Timmy French, and A.J. French, all of Minerva; two daughters, Misty Evans, of Alliance, and Rebecca (David ) Tolson, of Lisbon; sister, Peggy (Larry) Furbee, of Hartsville, S.C.; and 20 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m., in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home, in Minerva, with the Rev. Joseph Ertl officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Moultrie Chapel Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.