Michael W. French
Michael W. French

Louisville - Michael W. French, 51, was tragically killed along with his beloved dog, Harvey Pickle, December 30, 2019 while walking in Berlin, NY.

Michael lived his whole life with a passionate dedication to making the world a better and more just place for all. His sense of wonder and love of understanding led him to a long and respected career as an archaeologist working throughout the Eastern United States. That career was sparked as a boy in Mena, Arkansas, pouring over National Geographic articles about far off cultures, and excavating his Star Wars figurines. It culminated in a position as a senior project manager at Wood. His belief in "doing" and fixing meant he was involved in both multiple social justice causes and the more mundane home repairs of his "kith & kin". He loved to walk in the woods, and to share his love of science and astronomy. In recent years he had taken up running, joyfully training with his beloved dog, Harvey. He was an active member at Highland Baptist Church where he was loved by all for his honesty, his passion, and his compassion for those on the margins.

He wrestled with the deep truths of the Bible in his personal connection with God while being open to the Truth that exists all around us in all of Divine Creation. He lived simply in his daily life enjoying a good meal, a good beer and great stories. Above all he cared for his family in the fullest extent of the word and though they can no longer physically hold his hand as they continue their journey he will remain a bedrock of their lives forever.

He is survived by his wife Heather (DeCarlo) French, their two daughters Sophia (14) and Lydia (11), and his son, Isaac Wagner (25). His mother Mary Ann Zachary (William "Zach"), sisters; Michelle French Cole, Melynda French Buchanan Williams and her children Logan, Abigail, and Max Williams, brothers: Micah French (Rachel) & Ken Buchanan (Kathy). Aunt Lynda Mills Langley (Travis),Cousins: Travis Langley (Rebecca) & Melissa Langley Biegert (Larry). He is predeceased by his father Michael "Mickey" French and his brother-in-law, Steve Cole.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Highland Baptist Church, 1101 Cherokee Road. Visitation will be held at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane from 4-7 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be private.





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Published by Courier-Journal from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
10
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Jan
11
Memorial service
11:00a.m.
Highland Baptist Church
1101 Cherokee Road
Funeral services provided by:
Pearson Funeral Home
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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bill Sharp
January 11, 2020
a loved one
January 10, 2020
As a very long term coworker with Michael I will miss our conversations. Mike was as kind and as nice a gentleman I have ever had the pleasure to know. May god bless all those who will miss him dearly, as his kindness will be sorely missed.
Robert Perkins
January 9, 2020
a loved one
January 9, 2020
Michael was a wonderful person. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. Love you forever, Cuz!
Melissa Biegert
January 7, 2020
You are now as close as the air I breathe. You live inside us as pure love. I'm so grateful for our friendship. You were closer than my own brothers. Forever in my heart.
Phillip Garrett
January 7, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
Harl Blair
Friend
January 7, 2020
HARL BLAIR
January 7, 2020
I was not expecting to be sitting at work on my lunch break this very moment to hear this news. My heart goes out to the whole family. I'm so at a loss for words, my heart is broken, and prayers for the family.
Courtney Hambric
January 7, 2020
a loved one
January 7, 2020