Alvin E. French, 78, of Columbia passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
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Funeral services will be at Parkade Baptist Church, Columbia on Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 1:00 pm. Viewing prior to the funeral will be at the church from 12 (noon) to 1:00 pm. Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Burial with Military Honors will be at Heath Creek Cemetery in Nelson, Missouri following the funeral services (all family and friends are welcome).
Alvin was born on July 25, 1932, in Nelson, Missouri to the late George B. French and Mildred Childs. On March 6, 1954, he married the love of his life, Mary Moore, and they shared more than 56 years together. His pride and joy was his family.
Major Alvin E. French served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and retired after 23 ½ years of service. He served one term in Okinawa and two terms in Vietnam with numerous accommodations.
After retiring from the Marines in 1975, Alvin moved his family to Bunceton, Missouri where he worked side by side with his father in farming for the next 21 years at which time he retired again and moved to Columbia, Missouri. Although retirement didn't seem to suit as he really enjoyed talking to others, so thus began his next adventure driving cars for various dealerships in Columbia where he made many new friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; four children, Teresa Redmond and husband Mike from Longmont, Colorado, Steve French and wife Debbie from Land O Lakes, Florida, Linda Crowley and husband Gary from Columbia, Missouri, Cindy Roewe and husband Leroy from Novelty, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Williams and husband Norman from O'Fallon; one brother, Ray French and wife Gipsie from Branson.
He was preceded in death by his father, stepmother, mother and younger brother, Ralph French. The family asks that memorials and donations be made to Parkade Baptist Church Building Fund or Heath Creek Cemetery Association.
Tributes can be left online at HYPERLINK http://www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com
Published in Boonville Daily News from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, 2010