French, Paul L. age 94, passed away Peacefully to his heavenly home Feb. 5, He was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 72 years, Marie, as well as his great-granddaughter Annette Henton. He and his bride are probably dancing together in heaven.
Dear father of Marie Gemmingen (the late James) and Barbara Henton (David). Loving grand-father of Victor Gemmingen, Michael Henton, Mitchell vonGemmingen and Sheryl Henton. Adored great-grandfather of Brandon and Corey Henton, Katherine, Kristoph and Lila Gemmingen and Keely vonGemmingen.
Paul was an extremely talented, self-trained artist, and for years he and Marie attended art fairs, where he displayed and sold his works of art. Now he is painting angels in heaven.
In 1958, Paul and Marie opened and operated their own dry cleaning business, Hub Cleaners. In their younger days, they loved boating on their boat “Happiness”, which was indicative of both of their perspectives on life.
Paul served his country as a Staff Sergeant in World War II from 1943-1946. He was bestowed with numerous American and foreign decorations/citations: The European African & Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Overseas Bar, 2 Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and “Croix de Guerre” with Metz Medal – all combat related medals.
After retiring from his own business, he earned a degree in civil engineering and began employment at The Defense Mapping Agency until he retired in 1985. He was an active member in his community, local Church and the 95th Infantry Division Association for many decades. He was also nominated for the prestigious French rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor.
His zest for life and love of family and friends began at an early age and lasted till the day God took him home. He was revered and loved by an extended family of nieces and nephews whom he loved and cared for like his own children. His warm smile and positive attitude made him loved and admired by many, especially Annie Wright and James Norman, two special friends to him and his wife Marie. He was a man of honor and a true gentlemen and will be sorely missed by many. Paul was one of the last of the “greatest” generation. He will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The 95th Infantry Division Foundation, P.O. Box 1113, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.
Services: Funeral at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd., Friday, February 9, 9 a.m. Interment J.B. National Cemetery. Visitation Thursday, 4-8 p.m