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1943 Donald 2021

Donald Gene French

December 9, 1943 — December 13, 2021


Donald Gene French, age 78 of Crawfordsville, passed away on Monday, December 13, 2021 at St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Crawfordsville on December 9 ,1943 to the late Ralph Henry & Alleen (Morrison) French.

Don graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1962 and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a grinder operator at Raybestos Powertrain, where he retired after 39 ½ years. He had a passion for woodworking and sold many of his wood pieces at different craft shows. He loved to visit and talk and was one that never knew a stranger. He was a member of the Scroll Saw Club and Cross Roads Nazarene Church.

On July 29, 1967 he married the love of his life of 54 years, Delores "Dee" Conner, who survives. He is also survived by three sons, Michael (Sherry) French of Brazil, Gregory (Tricia) French of Waynetown, and Scott (Shon) French of Hillsboro; a brother, Raymond (Carole) French of Waveland; a sister, Peggy (Kenny) Ferrand of Florida; five grandchildren, Taylor, Sam (Raeleigh), Lacey, Hanna, and Eli; one great granddaughter, Brooklynn; and one great grandson on the way, Malakai.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; three brothers, Richard, Dennis, and Henry French; two sisters, Patricia Earl and Beverly Sanders; and infant sister, Mary French.

Cremation was chosen with a visitation at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington Street, in Crawfordsville on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 4:00pm till the time of the memorial service at 6:00pm with Pastor Mark Roberts officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at Memorial donations may be given to the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County. Share memories and condolences online at

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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