Sept. 18, 1907 - Feb. 23, 2003
Gilbert Melvin French, 95, of Pocatello, died Feb. 23 at a care center.
Funeral services officiated by grandson Richard French will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Henderson-Cornelison Funeral Chapel, 431 North 15th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Interment will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Prairie City Cemetery.
Mr. French was born Sept. 18, 1907, in Caldwell, Idaho, to Ralph Samuel and Rosa Lee Adelia (Dustin) French.
He attended and graduated from Prairie City High School. From 1928-30, Gilbert attended the University of Oregon and from 1931-33 he attended the University of Idaho Southern Branch in Pocatello, where he was captain of the football team.
On Aug. 7, 1932, he married Hattie "Pat" Leona Cooley, in Prairie City.
Mr. French was employed as a blacksmith for the Union Pacific Railroad and as a metals heat treater for the U.S. Naval Ordinance Plant both at Pocatello, Idaho.
He enjoyed bowling and golf and was a member of the Pocatello Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No. 674.
Mr. French is survived by his wife, Hattie "Pat" Leona French of Pocatello, Idaho; four sons, Gilbert Dean French and Donald Ralph French of Pocatello, Idaho, Charles Thomas "Tom" French of Boise, Idaho, and Richard Lewis French of Elk Grove, Calif.; daughter, Carole Leona Trigstad of Seattle, Wash.; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Louise Leola Osborn Boast and Donna Rosa Osborn Webb; and one brother, Dayton Floyd Osborn.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, and two sisters.