Steve D. French

Steve D. French, 61, of Marietta, passed away Friday (June 13, 2014) at his residence surrounded by family and friends.

He was born Sunday, Aug. 10, 1952, in Marietta, to Roger L. and Kathleen West French. “Frenchy” worked 44 years at R.J.F., was a member of Harmar Lodge #390 F. & A.M. and truly loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Norma French; daughters, Cathy French Whittekind (Rob) of Hillard, Ohio, Beth French Wheeler (Dennis) of Lowell; grandchildren, Alexa Rae, Brady and Drew Whittekind, Cole and Blake Wheeler; brother, Jeff French of Marietta; sister, Kris Propes (Dean) of Panama City, Fla.; and mother-in-law, Betty L. Erb of Marietta. Steve was preceded in death by a sister, Cheri Thacker.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (June 18, 2014) at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., with Pastor Tom Hendershot officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Strecker Cancer Center, 401 Matthew St.; or Hospice Homecare, 450 Pike St., Marietta, Ohio, 45750.

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