Obituary: Keith “Dave” French

Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 11:21 AM EDT
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Keith “Dave” French, 73, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away April 18, 2021 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 17, 1948, in Given, WV, a son of the late Quinno M. and Ruth Ann (Hill) French Ryan.

Dave worked for Westvaco in forest procurement and also as an oil and gas abstractor. He was an outdoorsman who loved riding motorcycles, collecting tractors, cars and side be sides. Dave loved haggling for a deal. He loved animals, especially his cats. Dave also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Dave is survived by his loving companion, Charlotte “Sunshine” Beckett; three sons, Brian French, Benjamin (Jessica) French and Jason (Nicole) French; two stepdaughters, Melissa Carson and Shawna (Ryan) Badgett; nine grandchildren, Brian French, Jr., Vivian Bayles, Julie French, Colbi French, Jonah (Macey) Carson, Moriah (Wesley) Bruning, Kalie (TJ) Schweitzer, William Lemaster and Brady Badgett; and four great grandchildren, Greyson Carson, Amelia Carson, Chloe Schweitzer and Emlyn Schweitzer.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by two brothers, James and Lowell French.

Visitation will be held from 11:00am until 1:00pm, Thursday,

April 22 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg. Graveside Service will follow at 2:30pm, Thursday, April 22 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Parchment Valley,

Jackson County, WV, with Pastor Michael Kidd officiating.

In compliance with CDC guidelines, face masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

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