Clyde Russell French
1955 - 2021
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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.

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Published in Oscoda Press from Apr. 21 to May 3, 2021.
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June 5, 2021
Rest in peace my friend. A life well lived.
Mark Weidmann
April 28, 2021
We meet in high school shared science class that has the most memories of the good times then we shared so time in the Tawas Boy Scouts he as master and I as reverend good times. Will be missed but not forgotten
John Bellinger
April 22, 2021
Me and Clyde go back to science class in high school as we were put together to work on many fun projects. Depending on who wrote the paper report we had a fun way of signing it. If he did it it was call French and Bellinger production and when it was my turn it was Bellinger and French
Production. We remained friends after school for many years even serving together in the Scouting program he the master and I the reverend it was a great time we shared. We were to get together last year with friends for coffee but that blasted cover keep us apart. He will be missed but not forgotten to a great friendship may the Holy Spirit be with you is my prayer Amen and Amen
John Bellinger
April 22, 2021
I use to love playing the card game hearts with Clyde, Paul and their Dad Harold, Clyde was a kind soul,
Phil Jean
April 22, 2021
Clyde was one of my closest friends. He never mentioned being ill. I just found out today when I went to check his page and then was going to message him to see how things were going. I am just heart broken.
Jack Massimino
April 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I will always remember what a great mentor for my son. I will always appreciate the time we spent with troop 911. God's blessings. Terry Rogers and Charles Heine
Terry rogers
April 21, 2021
Clyde and I graduated together from the TAHS class of 1973. He was a positive, warm, and super nice person. I've enjoyed seeing him at our occasional class reunions. My sincere condolences are extended to his family and friends.
Robbie Engel
April 21, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers to Clyde's family. He will be missed.
Mitch and Barb Lenczewski
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