May 9, 1927 – May 14, 2019

Basil Edward French, 92, of Decatur, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

The celebration of life service will be held at Holy Family Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Immediately following will be the graveside service at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to Holy Family School or American Cancer Society. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories atwww.gracelandfairlawn.com.

Basil was born May 9, 1927, in Jasper County, IL, the son of Elmer Russel and Bertha (James) French.

Basil served his country in the Navy during WWII and is an over 50 year member of the American Legion 105 and over 20 year member of the Moose Lodge 684. He retired from Bemco Mfg after over 35 years as manufacturing superintendent. Basil is also a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church of Decatur. He loved to fish and grow vegetables in his garden.

Basil married Clara Ann Gebke on February 20, 1952 in Lebanon, IL. They celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage before she passed away July 31, 2012. They have four sons Larry (Pam), Jeff (Denise), Phil (Kathy), and Ron (Donna), nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Basil had three sisters. Genevieve and Frieda proceeded him in death; Irma survives.

Mom and Dad are now dancing in heaven.