No services are scheduled at this time for Irving Etheridge French, who died suddenly Dec. 1, 2004, at Lake Shastina, Calif. He was 84.
Irving was born Sept, 5, 1920, at New Haven, Conn. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. army and received an honorable discharge in September 1945.
On Nov. 4, 1942, he married the love of his life, Violet Irene Lowery. He retired as an engineer from Pacific Bell in June 1981.
He was an avid boater, fly fisherman and gardener and enjoyed building radio-controlled airplanes.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 62 years, Violet; sisters, Gertrude Curtis of Maine and Marjorie DeMello of Redding, Calif.; daughter, Lynn Terrell of San Jose, Calif.; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Charlene French of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Donald and Lilly French of Reno; grandchildren, Tamara Davis, David and Stephanie French, Keith Steele, Chuck Steele, Stacey French, Kristi and Chris French, Alex McCairel and Jake Griffin; and great-grandchildren, Alexandra Colina, Kayla Steele and Daphne French. Irving will be greatly missed by his many loving friends and extended family members.
A memorial celebrating Irving’s life will be planned for spring 2005. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to the Boys Scouts of America.