Bert French, Jr., 90, of Washington passed away at 4:00pm at Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at his home.
Bert was born June 5, 1929 in Benton to the late Bert and Pauline Williams French, Sr. He married Bonnie Sue Webb on November 26, 1948 in Henderson County, KY.
Surviving is his wife, Bonnie; sons, Charles Michael (Mary Ellen Shea), Ricky D. (Shawna), and Mark E., all of Washington; grandchildren, Shane A. (Jana), Angela K., and Clint T. French; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle (Joshua) Hack; Brooke and Wyatt Simpson; Austin, Rylie, Cleopatra and Willow French; and Ember Dixon; one great-great-grandson on the way, Jack M. Hack, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Dorothy Gish and Gladys French.
Bert retired from Caterpillar after 43 years of service, working last as an oiler. He served in the National Guard for three years and was very proud of his service. Bert loved spending time outdoors, whether in the garden or hunting and fishing. He loved music, especially making it with his family, and even taught himself guitar later in life. Above all else, he was a family man and his greatest joy was taking care of and spending time with them.
A funeral service for Bert will be held at noon Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Pastor Steve Hardin will officiate. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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