Erwin Jay French
1933 - 2020
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Erwin Jay French

Dimondale - Erwin Jay French 87, was born August 1, 1933 in Lansing, Michigan to Ernest J. and Lulu M. (Quimby) French. He graduated from Sexton High School in 1951 and worked for Schmidt's Super Food Markets. He served in the Michigan National Guard until entering the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He married Patricia Anne Lewis on July 9, 1955, and they enjoyed 65 happy years together. They raised two beautiful children; Susan K (French) Peck of Corvallis, Oregon and Mark A. French of Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

Erwin worked for National Cash Register Corp. (NCR) Lansing Branch for 33 years, from 1956 until retirement in 1989. He then spent many years doing what he loved best, by keeping busy using his heavy equipment to help anyone and everyone with their projects. In June of 2014, he was permanently affected by a stroke. While much of his mobility was reduced, he maintained his sharp memory and sense of humor. Because he enjoyed telling stories about his life to everyone who shared their time with him, to listen, he brought many hours of joy to family, friends and care-givers. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of New Haven Foster Care in Dimondale for their loving care during his 16 months residency there.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Donald R. Murray; sister and brother-in-law, Connie V. (French) and Richard Grosnickle; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Sylvia Lewis; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter, Susan (David) Peck, son, Mark (Amy) French, grandchildren, Danny (Sreynet) Peck, Crystal Peck, Sally (Bryant) Bleth of Oregon, Harmony, Anthony, Madison, Markenna French, Kayley Moore, Summer Newsome of Eaton Rapids; great grandchildren, Dean Peck and Vivian Bleth of Oregon; nephews, Brian (Karen) Grosnickle, Andrew Grosnickle, Rick Grosnickle, Don (Debbie) Murray Jr., Randy Murray, Stephen Lewis, Alan (Carol) Lewis, Kevin (Denise) Lewis; niece, Nancy (David) Andrejack; sister-in-law, Lore Martin.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother and friend to many. He will be dearly missed.

Donations can be made in his name to either Mt. Hope Church, 202 South Creyts Rd., Lansing, MI 48917 or to New Haven Foster Care, 230 Hoehn Ct., Dimondale, MI 48821.

There will be no service at this time. Cremation has taken place.

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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
Uncle Erwin was a very special man who dearly loved his family and his "tonka toys". He took great pleasure in giving all a tour of his garage. I remember wonderful times, fishing at the cottage, snowmobiling and canoeing as a child. Unfortunately, as I grew older the miles separated us from having a close relationship but he always stayed close to my heart. Even the disability from the stroke did not keep him from having enjoyment of life. God has a special angel.
nancy Andrejack
January 13, 2021
Such a special man with a sharp mind and an ability to tackle any challenge and fix anything that was broken. I’m glad I got to know him and to hear his stories of earlier times.
JerriLynn Osmar
January 12, 2021
Best neighbor anyone could ever ask for. He was a joy and a friend with a great sense of humor. We miss him dearly.
Marty Barlond
January 12, 2021
Erwin was a wonderful person who would always be smiling and always ready to offer help to anyone. He will be sorely missed.
Robert Ness
January 10, 2021
Mark, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father! I remember him as being such a sweet and funny man! It's been a long time since I've seen your family, but I have nothing but good memories!

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

With love,
Your cousin
Alicia (Cady) Perry
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