Darrell H. French

July 2, 1923 - September 25, 2011


Visitation: Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: Funeral services will be at 1:30 Thursday, Sept. 29, at Canton United Methodist Church, followed by burial at the Worthing Cemetery.

After 88 wonderful years, Darrell French passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 with his family at his side at Sanford Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 Thursday, Sept. 29, at Canton United Methodist Church, followed by burial at the Worthing Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Darrell H. French was born July 2, 1923 on a farm near Worthing, SD, to Howard and Hazel (Raver) French.  He attended elementary school in Worthing and graduated from Canton High School in 1941.  Darrell then attended Nettleton Business College for a year.  In his younger years, Darrell loved to play softball with several area teams.
Darrell was united in marriage to Beulah M. Engen September 1, 1944.  They made their home on a farm west of Canton until present.  Darrell farmed his entire life.   He also worked as a carpenter and sold seed corn.
Darrel was a member of Canton United Methodist Church since 1944 and served his church in many capacities.   He served on District 23 school board and was a member of the Farmer’s Union and 4-H.  He and Beulah traveled extensively, going to all 50 states, including Canada and Mexico.  Besides enjoying carpentry and woodworking, he was an avid reader.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of  67 years, Beulah; his four children- Glenn French of Canton, SD, Darla (Roger) Cronn of Plymouth, MN, Marlys French of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sherrie French of East Dover, VT; two granddaughters, Shannon and Dana Cronn; and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gaylon.

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14 condolences have been left

  1. Sherri…My thoughts are with you. Don’t worry, we are holding down the fort. Take care of yourself. My condolences to you and your family. Susan

  2. Beulah and family, I grew up being a neighbor of the French’s and what a wonderful man he was. He will now be with my dad, a friend. I’m thinking of you. Sorry. Tami

  3. Sorry I was not able to attend. you have my condolences. Sherrie we had alot of greaat times at you house.

  4. Sherri…So sorry. It always hurts to lose a parent no matter how old we are. Take care of yourself. Don’t worry, we’re holding down the fort. Give my condolences to your family.

  5. A heavy heart is shared with you. May peace be with your Dad as well as with the entire family. Will be thinking of you often. Love, Karen

  6. We are thinking of you Sherrie. Wish we were closer and better able to support you. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  7. Sherrie and family, I am sending you condolences during this time of sadness and loss. May you find comfort in the shared memories you have of your father and tenderness you have with one another. Gerri

  8. To the French Family, my deepest condolences for your loss. I do believe that your father, husband, brother and friend is at peace now. Blessings to all. Kelli

  9. I am so sorry to hear about the passing your Dad. I remeber him to be such a weonderful person, very kind and loving. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Joan and Cary Clark