Steve French, age 78, Husband of Verlyce, of Cedar Mills Township, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at his home in Cedar Mills Township.
No services planned at this time.
Lawrence “Steve” Steven French was born on June 10, 1942, in Amarillo, Porter County, Texas, to Lawrence Lee Pamplin and Wanita Alice (Stevens) Pamplin. His youth was spent in the Texas Panhandle. Steve played sports throughout his school years and enjoyed football the most. During high school, he helped the area wheat farmers in Texas and Kansas. He attended college in Mississippi and lived with his aunt and uncle in Jackson, Mississippi. He worked in the Texas oil fields and Cabot Corporation in Pampa, Texas.
His mother married Jack French and in 1964 Steve changed his last name to French. Steve married Anita Buske and was the father to a daughter, Marci and a son, Scott.
On November 8, 1985, Steve was united in marriage to Verlyce Paulene Runke in Watertown, South Dakota. Steve and Verlyce resided on their farm in Cedar Mills Township, Minnesota, for 36 years. They spent 18 winters in the southern states (mostly Alabama). Steve and Verlyce shared 35 years of marriage.
Upon moving to Minnesota, Steve took a job at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing in 1969. He worked there for 19 years and left there in 1988 to farm full time with Verlyce’s nephew.
In the fall, many waterfowl hunting trips were taken to North and South Dakota, Nebraska, as well as Texas and Mississippi. A lot of time was spent on the golf course in the summer. Steve was a charter member of the Hutchinson Elks Lodge #2427 for 52 years, and was named Elk of the Year in 1981.
Steve passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at his home in Cedar Mills Township, at the age of 78 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Steve is survived by his:
Wife, Verlyce French of Hutchinson, MN;
Daughter, Marci French of New Braunfels, TX;
Grandson, Jacob French;
Brothers, Spencer (Carolyn) French of Nacogdoches, TX,
Paul French of Amarillo, TX;
Sister, BethAnn (George) Campbell of Amarillo, TX;
Sister-In-Law, Nancy French of Nacogdoches, TX;
Nephews, Mark (Connie) Runke and their son, Matthew (Lindsay) and family of Hutchinson, MN,
Lucas Runke and his fiancé, Annie Holtz and her family of Kimball, MN;
Farming Partner and Nephew, Paul Runke and his fiancé, Roxanne Hubert and her family of Hutchinson, MN;
Long time special friend, Sue Solstad of Brownton, MN;
Many Nephews, Nieces, and other relatives and friends.
Steve is preceded in death by his Father, Lawrence Pamplin; Parents, Jack and Wanita French; Son, Scott French; Brother, Tom French; Nephew, Ryan French; Father-In-Law and Mother-In-Law, Frank and Hattie Runke; Brother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law, Alvin and Rosie Runke.