LAMAR-Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Konantz Warden Funeral Home for Earl Ronald French, 91, Lamar, who died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Ministers Rob Wilson and Mike Gage will officiate. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kan., with military honors.
Visitation will be held prior to the service, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home.
Music will be “I’ll Fly Away” and “The Old Rugged Cross”, with Mike and Jacque Gage as vocalists.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Lamar.
The obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at www.konantzwarden.com.
Survivors include his wife, June French, of the home; a son, Larry and wife Robin, Littleton, Colo.; three stepsons, Kenneth Simons and wife Phyllis, Ozark, and Neil Simons and wife Kathy and Ronald Simons and wife Sandy, all of Lamar, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Russell, Robert and Howard, and two sisters, Mildred Gentry and Dorothy French, all of Indiana.
Mr. French was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Dundee, Ind., to Luther and Nora (Myers) French. After graduating from Ellwood, Ind. High School he joined the United States Army in January 1942. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he began working for General Motors in Muncy, Ind. He married June Rose Simons and upon his retirement in 1974 they moved to Lamar. Their summers were spent traveling and trail riding on their horses. He also made several mission building trips overseas and they wintered in Brownsville, Texas.
In 1986 he and his wife started mission work in Mexico. The result, with the help of many volunteers from across the U.S., was six churches and three children’s homes along the Mexico border. He was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Lamar and Central Christian Church of Brownsville, Texas.