Steven D French, 77, of Mitchell SD passed away peacefully with family at his home, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 and went to be with his Lord and Savior.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 25, at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Burial will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 3-5:00 PM Sunday, November 24, at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 4:30 PM Prayer Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Steven D French was born on Nov 13, 1942 in White Earth, ND to Hiro and Evelyn (Labar) French. He attended school in Williston, ND before moving to Tioga, ND, where he graduated High School in 1960. After graduation he enlisted in the Army National Guard and worked as a painter in Williston.
On July 1, 1964, Steve married the love of his life, Kay Higgins, to this union a daughter, Tara, and a son, Court, were born. They moved to St Paul, MN, where he worked as a welder and later as a Salesman for Econ Lab, at which time he was transferred to South Dakota. From 1976-2003, he farmed and raised livestock south of Carthage, SD. He enjoyed hosting pheasant hunters on his farm. Semi-retiring in 2003, he moved to Mitchell where he owned and managed rental properties.
Steve loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. The grandkids always loved going to Gpa and Gma's.
Steve was a skilled painter and handy-man and was always willing to help family and friends with any project that needed to be done.
Steve was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church, where he served on the board and the pastoral care team. He enjoyed meeting people and sharing his love for Christ with them. He was a Lifetime Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed tinkering with his Red Ram pickup and entering it in Car shows. He also enjoyed spending time in the Black Hills.
He is survived by wife of 55 years, Kay (Higgins) French; daughter Tara (Joe) Schwader; grandchildren, James (Amanda) Schwader, Brandon (Fiancé Johannah Jensen) Schwader, Carter Schwader, and Ciana Schwader; son, Court French; grandchildren, Tyler French and Landon French; sister, Cathy (Jerome) Nelson; many other relatives, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiro and Evelyn French; twin brothers, Colin and Keith French; parents-in-law, Pat and Pearl Higgins; and granddaughter Katie (Malin) French.