Lawrence O. (Larry) French, 83, passed away on April 6, 2017. Larry was born in Springfield, Missouri to Omar and Pauline French. He graduated from Aurora High School, in Aurora Missouri, attended Drury University and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He later served in the US Army and was stationed in South Korea.
He moved to Kansas City and later to Prairie Village, Kansas. He worked as a Division Manager for Avon Products for 25 years, followed by 13 years as a Factory Rep in Sporting Goods, specializing in outdoor apparel and freshwater fishing tackle. He loved quail hunting, bass and crappie fishing, golf and was a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas Jayhawks.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack Eugene French. He is survived by his wife, Joyce and their two children: John French (Brenda) and their children Emilie, John Jr, Natalie, Blaise and Grace French and Brendan Steitz: Anne French Sullivan (Jack) and their children Jack, Kristine and Kate Sullivan and his sister, Sally Martin.
The funeral service will be at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood Kansas, on Wednesday, April 12th. Rosary at 10:00 AM, Mass at 10:30 AM and a reception following the service.
The French family would like to thank the Kansas City Hospice House for the exceptional care he received and their friendship. In lieu of flowers a memorial can be made to Catholic Charities, KC Hospice House or a charity of your choice.
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Feeling Your Daily Care,
We yearn to be Your friend.
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