Freddie French

Obituary of Freddie Wayne French

Freddie Wayne French of Johnstown, Colorado passed away on December 10th, at the age of 79. After several years of his battle with serious medical issues, he showed his courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile and determination. Despite the pain, Fred came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. Fred died peacefully with his beloved wife Leona, daughter Mary, and grandson Mitchell by his side. He was born in Stantonville, Tennessee on October 4, 1942. He lived in Henderson, Tennessee until he moved to Pueblo, Colorado at the age of 13. He attended Central High School where he met the love of his life Leona (Stringfellow) He graduated from Pueblo Central High School in 1962. After graduation, he joined the Army reserves. As a very young man, he learned to work hard and to take on whatever job was available to support his family. He worked at St Mary Hospital as an orderly, Triplex making pistons and the CF&I Steel Mill. Fred was determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly proud of his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and always tried his best to support them. Fred and Leona had 4 Children, daughter Mary Ann and 3 sons Freddie Wayne, Roy Thomas, and Daniel Patrick. After retirement, Fred took care of his grandkids. He was the "French Day Care”, "Papa Pre-School”. All of the Grandchildren have very fond memories of papa playing, teaching, and guiding them through life lessons. He was very proud of his 10 Grandchildren (Matthew, Jessica, Mitchell, Faith, Emma, Patrick, Nicholas, Ethan, Hannah, and Sean) Fred and Leona were married on December 14th, 1962. They lived together almost inseparable for 59 years. They lived in Pueblo Colorado until 2005 when they moved to Northern Colorado. Fred was a very private man with great respect for others. He had a very deep belief in God and spent many hours every day praying and reading the bible. Fred loved the outdoors and spent many hours hunting, fishing, and enjoying nature with his family. As Fred became older he enjoyed watching his grandsons play lacrosse and his granddaughters in the band, and choir. He loved to be with family and was always up for a picnic, reunion, or gathering. He was a strong patriarch of his family. He was the man his kids looked up to. He always sacrificed his needs and wants to take care of his family. A good friend to all, a man who would always help others. He was a good father who always took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them, a loving grandfather and "great-grandfather. He taught his sons and grandsons how to treat a lady, always be true to her. His daily prayers always included prayers for unborn children, aborted babies, and families. A man who never cared much about himself and who even in his final days would say to his loved ones, "I love you, take care of yourself, be safe”. As a family, we will miss hearing those words and miss his stories of when he was younger. Fred was a strong, proud, and good man. He is loved and will be missed by many! Visitation, 4 -7 pm, Wednesday, December 15th at Viegut Funeral Home. Rosary, 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass at 12 pm, Thursday, December 16, 2021, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Johnstown, Colorado. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colorado.
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12:00 pm
Thursday, December 16, 2021
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
1000 Country Acres Drive
Johnstown, Colorado, United States
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