OBITUARY

James David French

Passed away on November 7, 2018

James David "Dave" French passed away at home with his wife by his side on Nov. 7, 2018, after a courageous battle with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). He was born in Terre Haute on March 31, 1962, to Buddy Richard French and Marian Sue (Craig) Chrisman. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Joseph Chrisman; brother-in-law, Mark Sanders; and father-in-law, Willie Partin. Dave is survived by his wife of 23 years, Tina (Trent) French; his daughter, Tristan French; stepchildren, Brandon White (Summer), Amber Hoopingarner (Andrew) and Frank Saathoff (Valerie); seven grandchildren; brothers, Bud French (Nikki) and Michael Chrisman; sisters, Teri Sanders, HonnaLora Hubbard (Billy) and Sandy Beck (Rick); his mother-in-law, Wanda Partin; and his three German shepherds. Dave began his driving career with UPS in January of 1988 and retired in August of 2018. He was a member of Teamsters Union and a veteran of the U.S. Army. In honoring Dave's wishes, there is no visitation or funeral services. Cremation was chosen. Roselawn Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at: www.roselawnfuneralhome.net

REMEMBERING

James David French

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Honnalora Hubbard

November 14, 2018

Dave,

Thank you for being an amazing big brother. I'm so incredibly proud of you, you offered the best example of living life on your terms. From the time we were kids and all the way through your final days, you did what you felt was right for you and you did it unapologetically in the best way possible.

When I came home to spend a couple of days with you, sitting on the porch and watching the world go by, there were several things I wanted to say but couldn't because I didn't want it to feel like goodbye.

My world has been a much better place because of you. I think anyone that knows you would agree - their's has been too. Thank you for being an incredible man. Thank you for taking care of our family. Thanks for being Moms favorite because we all knew you were. Thanks for loving all of us. And thanks for all the awkward moments of ever person we knew as kids always asking about you and saying "is Dave still good looking".

I love you,
Your little sis.

Donna (Deighton) Austin

November 11, 2018

Dave,
I've know you since we were kids, I know you and Dan were best friends , I always thought you was a really good person, as did my mom and the rest of our family. I am so sorry for your family's loss, you was always a terrific guy, and you will be sorley missed

Cathy O'Neill

November 10, 2018

You were a brave soul in the end. You are with HIM now so no more pain.
Thank you for being a good man.

Tina French

November 10, 2018

My dear Dave,
As I sit here without you, I feel so lost.
I can't believe that we are here. I knew in my heart that if anyone could beat this horrible beast, it would be you! You were so strong, so determined and you gave it all you had.
I know our lives will never be the same without you here with us and my heart breaks to be without you. I promised you I'd do my best to take care of you and walk through this journey with you and follow your wishes. I only wish that I could have taken away the last 10 months of this illness and pain. I will move forward in life with you by my side, maybe not physically but you will always be by my side and in my heart. I am so thankful that we had these final months together which brought us so close. I love you Dave, you will never be gone, you will never be forgotten. Until we're together again!

Amber Hoopingarner

November 9, 2018

My heart is shattered with the loss of you. You were always 10 feet tall & bulletproof. The best step dad and papa to your grandchildren. There are so many things I will miss when we come to Indiana to visit. Flying kites with Aubrey & getting them stuck in the trees, long mule rides around the country roads, cookouts by the pool, watching late night movies, all the frozen chocolate in the freezer and you coming in from a long work day with those chocolate dilly bars. Aubrey & I love you so much! I am so sad that you are no longer with us on earth yet so relieved that you are no longer in pain. Until we meet again, please watch over us all!

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

James David "Dave" French passed away at home with his wife by his side on Nov. 7, 2018, after a courageous battle with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). He was born in Terre Haute on March 31, 1962, to Buddy Richard French and Marian Sue (Craig) Chrisman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Joseph Chrisman; brother-in-law, Mark Sanders; and father-in-law, Willie Partin.
Dave is survived by his wife of 23 years, Tina (Trent) French; his daughter, Tristan French; stepchildren, Brandon White (Summer), Amber Hoopingarner (Andrew) and Frank Saathoff (Valerie); seven grandchildren; brothers, Bud French (Nikki) and Michael Chrisman; sisters, Teri Sanders, HonnaLora Hubbard (Billy) and Sandy Beck (Rick); his mother-in-law, Wanda Partin; and his three German shepherds.
Dave began his driving career with UPS in January of 1988 and retired in August of 2018. He was a member of Teamsters Union and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In honoring Dave's wishes, there is no visitation or funeral services. Cremation was chosen. Roselawn Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at:
www.roselawnfuneralhome.net