Clyde Russell French, age 65, of Tawas City, passed away March 6, 2021 at home.
Clyde was born on Aug. 4, 1955 in Toledo, Ohio to Iris A. (Dent) and Harold L. French. Clyde spent his early childhood in Deerfield, before moving to East Tawas in 1962 with his family. Clyde was a member of the 1973 graduating class of Tawas Area High School and attended Kirtland Community College. He worked over 30 years for Cooper Standard where he earned Employee of the Year Award in 2004 for his outstanding service.
Clyde is survived by his children, Eric (Julie) French of Grand Rapids and Renee (David) MacEwen of East Tawas; siblings, Jim French, Paul (Cindy) French and Annette (David) Krajewski; and grandchildren, Brian, Lucas and Natalie MacEwen and Eli and Henry French. Clyde is also survived by the mother of his children, Barbara (Engle) French and many nieces and nephews. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Iris French; nephew, Brian French; and niece, Lauren-Ann French.
While raising a family he served as Boy Scout Master for East Tawas Troop 911 for more than 20 years. He greatly impacted the lives of many youth and guided at least 12 to the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting. As a member of the Order of the Arrow he served as an advisor to several youth leaders. He was bestowed the Vigil Honor and the Founder's Award in recognition of distinguished service to his Lodge.
In 2004 Clyde became a member of the Tawas Masonic Lodge No 274 and was an active Master Mason. He was elected lodge secretary in 2013 and held that position until his passing. In 2019 he was selected Mason of the Year for Lodge No. 274 and the District for service above and beyond.
Clyde's community service was a cornerstone of his life. He also loved his family, the outdoors, reading and having a lively political discussion. Clyde's quick wit, good natured ribbing, and sarcasm were well known and usually enjoyed by those around him. He will be terribly missed but remembered fondly.
The family is planning to celebrate Clyde's life early this summer.
Published in Oscoda Press from Apr. 21 to May 3, 2021.