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Gary French

November 15, 1953 - April 01, 2013


9-10:00 A.M on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:00 A.M. on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Gary French

November 15, 1953 - April 01, 2013


Gary Ronald French, 59, Fargo passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013 at Sanford Health in Fargo.  He was born on November 15, 1953 to Duane and Bernice (Ginter) French in Grafton, ND.  He grew up in Grafton, graduating from Grafton High School.  He later attended Wahpeton State College of Science.  After college, he joined the United States Air Force and worked as a radio mechanic.  Upon returning from his tour overseas, Gary worked a variety of jobs around the country.

Gary loved fishing and spending time at his “home away from home”—Kitchi Lake.  He also cherished the time spent with his granddaughter.

He is survived by his children, Travis (Vanessa) Vondal, Tina (Arlind Vivier) Vondal; stepdaughter, Tanya Vondal; siblings, Lori (Tom) Campbell, Greg (Kim) French, Dave (Cindy) French; and grandchildren, LaNeah Vondal, Vivika Sanchez, Jose Sanchez, Vinique Sanchez.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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  1. Diana (French) Stockert says:

    Bismarck ND
    Dave, Greg and Lori … please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother. May you find comfort in your memories of times spent with each other as you grieve your loss. Talk often of Gary and share your stories with all who knew him. I think he’d like that.

  2. Michael Ginter says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Gary but I remember him and the good time we had as family.

    I remember one Christmas Eve Gary spent with us and his love for the Polish dish Vinegar Meat.

    Michael Ginter

  3. Jamie Miller says:

    Romans 14:8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

    When I think of Gary, i think of how deeply he cared for others and how he would do anything for those he loved. He was there for me always, and he will be missed more than can be expressed in words or thought. May peace and comfort be with you under the grace of God.

  4. Donna Seltveit says:

    We were very fortunate to have Gary as an employee of American Crystal Sugar Co. We are so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Curt Hansen says:

    Fargo ND
    I met Gary through work at American Crystal. Gary was a hard working detail orientedTech Writer. His pleasant demeaner made for an enjoyable working relationship. Gary was a very intelligent man you could see it in his work willing to take on all challenges without any hesitation. A great guy!


  6. Brett Swanson says:

    McIntosh MnHi,
    I am a Technical Writer for American Crystal in Crookston. I was saddened to hear about your loss. My deepest condolences to you.

  7. Brenda Miller says:

    Grand Forks ND
    I am so broken hearted. Just heard today. I will miss Gary forever. So, as everyone. I am not able to come to the funeral, but my thoughts and prayers and my heart will be present. God Bless.

  8. Tom Campbell says:

    Grafton North Dakota
    My deepest condolences for your loss. I wish you and your family lots of moments of a fond reflection Gary had on you. I always enjoyed gary’s knowledge on machines . Sorry I could not make it to funeral but I am glad I got a chance to see him Monday
    Tom Campbell

  9. Patrick Rein says:

    Moorhead I met Gary several years ago at RDO in Grand Forks. Most recently, I was able to work with Gary at American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead.

    Gary possessed a ton of technical skills, but what stands out most in my mind were the daily chats we had together. He talked a lot about his struggles with cancer, but he always seemed to end the conversations on a humorous note.

  10. Richard Rybacki says:

    East Grand Forks Minnesota
    The best of the best a person can be… He truly was one of them.. A great man indeed will be missed..

  11. Barb Flaherty says:

    Pennington MN
    Sorry to hear that Gary passed away. He was a good friend to everyone at Camp Pennington and he will be missed. My condolence to the French family.

    Barb Flaherty

  12. Mary Wessels says:

    Moorhead MN
    I met Gary at the Moorhead Crystal Sugar factory office. I would go out twice a day for the mail and always enjoyed visiting with him. My sympathies to all of his family.

  13. Mark and Rita Whittaker says:

    Zap ND
    Our prayers are with the Family of Gary.
    Gary will be missed I can remember all the times we were together as a family. I was happy when they all came to Williston to be with Mark and I had fun going thru the Badlands. I will always have Great memories…….

  14. Donny Wisk says:

    Dilworth MN
    I met Gary recently when he started to work with us at American Crystal Sugar as the Technical Writer for the Moorhead factory.

    Gary was a great employee and quickly earned the respect of his co-workers. Gary was well liked by everyone he worked with at ACS and will be missed dearly.


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