Kenneth (Kenny) Gene French, Elkader, Iowa, November 6, 2017

Kenneth (Kenny) Gene French, age 88, passed away peacefully at home with the love of his life by his side on Monday, November 6, 2017.  Kenneth was born July 22, 1929 in Postville, Iowa to LeRoy and Florence (Baldwin) French.

Kenny was united in marriage to Geraldine (Gerry) A. Shea on March 17, 1955 at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, Iowa.  Together, they had seven children: Terry (Dan) Sullivan, Dodgeville, Wisconsin; Sharon Taylor, Arlington, Iowa; Jeanne (Mark) Melon, Guttenberg, Iowa; Cindy (Steve) Wendl, Anamosa, Iowa; Jayme French, Manchester, Iowa; Gary (Jennifer) French, Sydney, Australia; and Merry French, Aurora, Iowa.

Kenny grew up in rural Elkader and tried not to stray too far from home.  Exceptions to this include the time he served in the Korean War and a few overseas trips to visit his son.  Kenny worked for the Department of Transportation for many years and farmed on the side.  He was a long-time member of Peace United Church of Christ and the American Legion.

Kenny was a jack of all trades, completing wood working, remodeling, plumbing and electric work for his children and friends.  He was very particular about his tools and the work he completed. Kenny will be greatly missed by his family and he will be lovingly remembered for his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine and seven children; grandchildren – Darrin (Katy) Sullivan, Lisa (Ben) Stewart, Kenny (Angie) Taylor, Duane Taylor, Aubrey (Josh) Dudley, Michael (Rena) Melon, Bridget (Paul) Ehrhardt, Molly Melon, Joe (Sarah) Wendl, Andy French and Christian French and 17 great-grandchildren.  Sisters, Claire Heck, Postville, Iowa and Arlene Lau, Traer, Iowa and brother Dean French, Dunkerton, Iowa.

Those who preceded him include his parents, brothers, Ralph, Floyd (Bud), and Dale.

Visitation: 4 to 7 pm, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader and after 10 am Wednesday at the church

Funeral Service:  11 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader

Interment: East Side Cemetery, Elkader, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Elkader is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left with


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