Steve French


November 13, 1942 - November 21, 2019


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.


Sunday, November 24, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, November 25, 2019
10:30 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
600 West 23rd Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Nate Norris on November 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss Kay, Tara, Court. I was really moved by the photos. Steve was a great man and mentor.
Posted by Marlene Fortier on November 24, 2019
Dear Kay and Family, So sorry for your loss. We will miss him when ever our class get together. Steve was always one of my favorite classmates when we were in Tioga years ago. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Posted by LuRay & Loretta Asbenson on November 24, 2019
Steve was so easy to talk too. He loved Jesus and he radiated that love to others. He will be truly missed until we all get together again on Heaven's shores. Our sympathy and love to you, Kay and family.
Posted by Blaine and Jennifer Tirrel on November 24, 2019
Steve was always a Big man! He had a Big presence, a Big laugh, and always offered Big hugs! The evidence of his Big love for his Saviour, and because of that Saviour's leading, his Big love for others, was in all that he did and was!!! Steve was a great friend and brother, and while I'm lessened by losing his presence, I'm a better man for having known him! To think of him embraced by his Saviour, I can imagine hearing the laughter!! Kay and family, we'll be praying for comfort for your future. Praise God!!
Posted by Adrian and Linda Hanson on November 22, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to you, Kay, and your children and families. What a wonderful man and example of faith and trusting in the Lord. Our love and prayers go out to you.
Posted by Lance & Patty Koth on November 22, 2019
Our heart and prayers goes out to the French family. Steve was a special friend and Christian brother. God blessed Steve with wisdom, passion, leadership skill, strength, aptitude for business all of which he used to further the Kingdom of God. He will be missed and we cant wait for that great reunion in Heaven.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on November 22, 2019
So sorry for a great loss to everyone that was blessed to know Steve !! He always had a smile for everyone and a blessing !!!
Posted by Joanne Flack on November 22, 2019
Kay, just know I'll have you in my prayers throughout this time. Steve was such a joy to have come knocking at my door to visit with me. A real example to attempt to follow. God Bless!
Posted by Larry and Vicki Thompson on November 22, 2019
We will miss Steve so much! He was a wonderful, godly, sensitive man who had the greatest laugh and was full of joy. Prayers for sweet Kay and family. We love you!
Posted by Cindy Hockett on November 22, 2019
Steve will be so missed! Heaven has gained an Angel. Steve was a great example to all of God's Love and Mercy, and he reached out continuously to so many, even when he was so ill. God Bless your entire Family. What a Beautiful legacy Steve's life was.
Posted by Luella Hove Larson on November 22, 2019
I failed to tell you that my mother, Evelyn Smith Hove and Steve's mother, Evelyn French were schoolmates and longtime friends.
Posted by Donna & Ron Massie on November 22, 2019
Ron & I are so sorry to hear of Steveโ€™s passing. He & I have been good friends for over 60 years. He will certainly be missed at our class reunions. We are very happy that we had the class reunion last year in Deadwood. We will never forget all of those good times. God bless and be with you, Kay, and all of your family. It is so comforting to know we will all meet again as our lives on earth, in time, each come to an end.
Posted by Lowell & Sonja Herfindahl on November 22, 2019
Kay and family, we are so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. He was a great friend and classmate of the class of 1960 THS. I have fond memories of our school days together at THS as well as all the great class reunions. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Luella Hove Larson on November 22, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of Steve. May our LORD comfort you with His compassion and peace. May He flood your souls with precious memories! Love & prayers...Lue ๐Ÿ›
Posted by Tim and Barb Patterson on November 22, 2019
Kay, we are praying for you and your family with our deepest sympathies. Heaven is a greater place with Steve's arrival! Can't wait to join him there.
Posted by Robert & Barb Novotny on November 22, 2019
Our deepest sympathies. Will miss his smile and handshakes!! Prayers to you Kay and family
Posted by Don & Sandy Bayman on November 22, 2019
Our deepest sympathies
Posted by Ramada, Summerset, SD employees on November 22, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to Steve's family. Our prayers are with you all!
Posted by Vicky Hakeneis on November 21, 2019
Have fond memories of Steve. Always had a smile. My deepest sympathies to you Kay, Tara, Court and families. Prayers for you as you say farewell to Steve, until you meet again.
Posted by Peggy & John Rassel on November 21, 2019
He will be so missed. Prayers to you Kay and family ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
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