Homer Eldon French (88) of Effingham, formerly of Newton


Published on June 21 2013 1:51 pm

Homer Eldon French age 88 passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Evergreen Nursing Home, Effingham, Illinois.

Funeral services for Homer will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Crain Funeral Home, Newton with Rev. Ken Miller officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Trexler Cemetery, rural Newton with military rites by Jasper Post 20 of the American Legion.  Memorials to the Jasper County Antique Tractor Club or to the Kedron United Methodist Church.

Homer was born on May 17, 1925 in Jasper County, Illinois the son of Homer Cecil French and Mary Tate French Blankenbaker.   On May 31, 1949, Homer married Doris Louise Chapman and she survives.    He served our country in the U.S. Army.  He was a lifelong farmer and livestock dealer.  In his early years, he hauled livestock for Public Livestock Company.  Homer was a member of the Latona Church of Christ.  He attended the Kedron United Methodist Church and was a member of the Jasper County Antique Tractor Club.  Homer enjoyed collecting and restoring International Tractors, fishing, and collecting milk cans.  His greatest joy was being a grandpa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Homer will be loved and remembered by his wife of sixty-four years, Doris French of Newton, sons David French and Steve French, wife Sandy both of Newton; grandchildren Laura Wright, husband Michael of Casey, Mike French, wife Sarah of Dieterich, Pamela French of Effingham, and Heather French of Stoy; step-grandchildren Shawn Klie, wife Tracy of Chamberlin, AZ, Shannon Klier, wife Rachel of Midland, TX, and Shane Klier, wife Rhiannon of Newton; 10 great-grandchildren.

His parents, daughter-in-law Dee French, infant grandchild Lea Ann French, two brothers Harold French and Herbert Dean French, sister Esther Johnson preceded him in death.

Online condolences may be offered at www.crainfuneral.com.