Arloeen French, wife of BMH author and former professor and pastor, the late Ivan French, died Sunday, May 25. Her obituary appears below.
Arloeen Edith French of Winona Lake, Ind., died at 5:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake, Ind., at the age of 89.
She was a homemaker and the wife of Pastor Ivan H. French, who pastored Pleasant View Bible Church of Warsaw, Ind., from 1975-1992.
She received her Associates degree from Eastern Oregon State University, as well as her Bachelors of Theology from Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore. She was active in the children’s ministry of her church, a member of the Seminary Wives Fellowship, and the Faculty Women’s Club of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake.
Arloeen was born on December 18, 1924 in Seattle, Wash., to William E. Krause and Edith Marie (Isbell) Krause Worley. On September 17, 1944 she was married to Pastor Ivan H. French who died December 12, 2013.
She leaves behind one daughter: LaNita French (Warsaw, Ind.); three sons: John (wife Christine) French (Winona Lake, Ind.); David (wife Lori) French (Manila, Philippines); Douglas French (LaPorte, Ind.); and four grandchildren: Suzanne (husband Shawn) Osborne (Ft. Wayne, Ind.); John David French (Winona Lake, Ind.); Alexandra French (Manila, Philippines); Tobin French (Manila, Philippines). She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister Helen Crossen.
There will be visitation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Ind.
A graveside service will be conducted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw and officiated by Pastor Mike Hontz. Those wishing to attend… please meet at the funeral home by 8:50 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
A memorial service will be held on June 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Village Retirement Community, in the Grace Village Chapel, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, Ind., and officiated by Pastor John French and Chaplain Bryan Benjamin.