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Thomas French

Thomas B French

Tuesday, May 2nd, 1933 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Thomas B. French, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020 at Bethany Home. A Celebration of Life will be held and announced at a later date.
Tom was born on May 2, 1933 in Farmville, Virginia, the son of Leslie and Lovelene French. After graduating from Farmville High School, Tom graduated from Virginia Tech and then served as an Intelligence Officer in the Navy. Upon discharge, he earned a Master’s Degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Duke University. He married the love of his life, Barbara Ellen Hurst on July 1, 1961 in Roanoke, Virginia. After their marriage, Tom and Barb decided to take advantage of opportunities that took them to the West Coast for several years before arriving in Dubuque in 1970. Having new jobs and two young children, they decided that Dubuque seemed an ideal place to live, raise a family and put down their roots.
Tom will be remembered as an authentic, gentle, meticulous, practical and highly intelligent husband and father who cared deeply for his family. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation. Tom loved to travel and he and Barb travelled often, visiting numerous countries. Their favorite trip was as passengers on a freighter which took them to many islands throughout the South Pacific.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara; son Vaughan; daughters, Mary (Frank Hiltebrand) and Mel Darbyshire (Amanda Auger).
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Barbara Mann

Posted at 01:11pm
Barb, I am so sad for your loss. Tom was one of my dearest friends from childhood, and I can only imagine what you are feeling. I am so sorry.
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Timothy E Schiel

Posted at 10:39am
With deepest sympathy, thinking of the days watching you working in the yard. This one is for you to watch someone else take care of! Rest in peace.
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Dean & Kit Schantz

Posted at 05:16pm
Barb,Vaughn,and Mary.. Tom was a special man and friend .. I know he had a special love of nature,and --It is only fitting that we plant a tree ,
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Michael Schantz

Posted at 01:10pm
Tom and Barb are such treasured life-long friends to the Schantz clan. I'll always remember Tom as a kind man who graciously put up with a lot of youthful shenanigans from the Schantz boys (me included), Vaughn and others. My most recent memory of Tom was when I had the opportunity to fly fish he and my father Dean in Wyoming (Bridger Teton NF) a number of years back. I hope he enjoyed that trip as much as I did. Passing love and peace to Barb and family.
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