Charles R. French Jr., 79

Charles R. French Jr., 79, North Manchester, passed away at 8:04 a.m. on April 26, 2016, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Charles was born on Aug. 13, 1936, in Tipton County, to Charles and Clara (Atkission) French Sr.

He graduated from Laketon High School in 1954. After high school, Charles attended Manchester College for 3½ years. Then went on to attended Garrett Seminary, Evanston, Ill., for 2 years and graduated as a Deacon. On April 4, 1981 Charles married Cathy Kuhn.

Charles worked for Peabody Seating, North Manchester, for 7 years, Eaton Controls for 28 years in various managerial positions. In 1997 he retired. Charles was a United Methodist pastor for 23 years, serving at Paw Paw United Methodist in Miami County; Jalapa United Methodist, Grant County; South Pleasant United Methodist, Wabash County; Salem United Methodist, Huntington County; and Ijamsville United Methodist Church, Wabash County.

Charles was a member of the North Manchester Rotary Club and engineering society. He was also a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, North Manchester.

Charles is survived by his wife Cathy French, North Manchester; six sons John (Linda) French, North Manchester, Tom (Janet) French, North Manchester, Mike (Marcy) French, Angola, Eric (Colleen) French, South Whitley, Kurt (Rhonda) Henderson, Roann, and Kevin (Anita) Henderson, North Manchester; five daughters Rebecca (Eldon) Cook, North Manchester,Susan (Jerry) Graybeal, Johnson City, Tenn., Christine (Gary) Vanlandingham, Hartford, Mich., Teresa (Ray) Allison, Goshen,  and JoEtta (Keith) Herrmann, North Manchester; two brothers Kent (Judy) French, Silver Lake, and Bennie (Debra) French, Claypool; two sisters Nancy (Bill) Bell, Wabash, and Penny (Joe) Deal, North Manchester; 35 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren.

Charles was proceed is death by his parents, and one granddaughter, Jessica Thompson, who passed away in 2001.

Friends and family may call Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday at the North Manchester United Methodist Church. Service will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East Second Street, North Manchester.

Pastors Mark Eastway, Larry Ray, and David Mills will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana, following the service. For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles R. French Jr., memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 S.E. 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, or the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 304 East Second Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. 

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Posted on 2016 Apr 28