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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: FFRENCH; Lawrence Rene`-6/5/2005-USA/TX
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 23:58:30 +0100

Lawrence Rene' Ffrench Sr.

LAWRENCE RENE' FFRENCH, SR. passed away Friday morning the 6th of May 2005
at Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, with family members here from around
the world. Born in Puebla, Mexico, Larry moved to Texas to finish high
school and college and get his naturalized citizenship in 1942 so he could
join the army. Larry (and family) was a very proud Aggie who graduated from
Texas A&M College as a Chemical Engineer in 1942. He then entered the Army
as an enlisted man and worked up to the rank of Staff Sergeant serving as a
Drill Sergeant at Fort Sam Houston. After OCS he served as a mortar platoon
leader before being stationed in the Philippines and completed his tour as a
1st Lieutenant Company Commander. In 1946, Larry joined Gulf Oil in Port
Arthur Texas and transferred in 1947 to work 16 years in Venezuela. While a
Chief Chemist in refining operations he met Grace, a school teacher, his
wife to be for 51 years. As a resident of Baytown, Texas since 1963, Larry
was an active Lions Club member as a former "Lion Tamer", a member of the
"Keenagers" Bowling League, an honorary Scout Master and a member of St.
Paul's Lutheran Church. Crazy about tennis and golf, he also enjoyed a great
bridge tournament. Wonderful friend, father, grandfather and new
great-grandfather, Larry will be sorely missed. He is preceded in death by
his parents Leopold and Mabel Ffrench and wife, Grace Bivins Ffrench. He is
survived by his four children, son L. Rene' Ffrench, Jr. and wife Anne, and
grandchildren Aaron Rene' and Amber Elizabeth and great-granddaughter
Madeline Amber; daughter Elna Grace Ffrench Ritter and grandson Philip Craig
Ritter; daughter Lydia Forrest Ffrench Argo and husband Michael Argo and
grandchildren Matthew Lawrence Argo and Jonathan Taylor Argo; and son Paul
Taylor Ffrench and wife Tracy; and dear friend, Lily Watson of Bryan, Texas.
For those desiring, the family has requested memorials to be made in Larry's
name to the Pipe Organ Repair Fund at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Baytown,
Texas. The family will receive friends Sunday the 8th of May from 2-4pm
before the service at 4pm at St. Paul's Lutheran. Interment will be at the
Town Cemetery in Hillsboro, N.C. Arrangements are under the direction of
Earthman Funeral Directors, 3919 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas. To view the
obituary and to post a tribute for the family, go to

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