William Dean French
William Dean French, 95, of Eureka, Kansas, died Friday, November 24, 2017, at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. He was born January 12, 1922, in Fall River Township, Greenwood County, Kansas, the son of James and Mamie (Shobe) French. He grew up on the family farm east of Climax near the Rice Bridge on Fall River and attended local schools at Hallett and Climax, graduating from Climax High School in 1940. After graduation in 1940, Dean began working for the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita. On June 14, 1941, he married Betty Burke, his high school sweetheart. In 1942 Dean joined the U.S. Army and during World War II, he and Betty traveled to several state-side duty assignments. After the war they returned to Greenwood County and began farming and raising a family. In 1959 Dean began working with the U.S. Post Office in Eureka and over the years worked at several Southeast Kansas locations, retiring in 1988 as Postmaster in Yates Center. After retirement he served a term as Mayor of Yates Center. During his life he was a member of the Climax Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, Parent-Teach Associations, and the Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Eureka. He also coached many youth league baseball teams. In 1993, he and Betty returned home to Fall River Township near Climax in Greenwood County. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death on April 2, 2013, following over 71 years of marriage. He was also preceded by his parents, James and Mamie; two brothers, Murray and Wesley French; and two sisters, Aileen Lawson and Mary Sowder. Dean is survived by his sons, Dan and Larry, of Eureka; a sister, Gladys Forcum, Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Lois French, Eureka, and Kay Christensen, Grand Junction, Colorado; five grandchildren, Kimberly French, Eureka, Bryan French, Lenexa, Andrea French Kern and companion Shawn Dean, El Dorado, Justin French and wife Kristin, San Antonio, TX, and Jacob French, Austin, TX; three great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Eureka, conducted by Pastor John Craighead. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka. A Memorial has been established in his name with the Greenwood County Hospital which may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home, PO Box 188, Yates Center, KS 66783.