THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Francis J. French
Francis J. French, 84, of Pembine, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at Evergreen Meadows Assisted Living in Norway.
Born Feb. 8, 1933 in Norway, to the late Herman and Virginia (Schnabl) French, he started logging at age 16 and later started French Forest Products.
At age 33, he and his brother Paul built their own peeling operation, taking many months to make. It worked do efficiently, paper mills from Green Bay filmed it running to build their own and it changed the peeling industry.
An avid outdoorsman, he took many fishing trips to Canada, out West hunting moose and elk and to the Dakotas hunting pheasants.
He is survived by seven siblings, Rodger French, Rita Stovenken and Abe (Karen) French, all of Pembine, Delores (John) Jacovitch of Rhinelander, Joan French of Beecher, Judy (Richard) Kallioinen of Ishpeming, Mi. and Susan (Richard) Braun of Kewaunee and many nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul and a sister, Marie.
Family and friends called at Roubal Funeral Home in Wausaukee on Friday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon, with Pastor Abraham French officiating. Burial will be in Pembine Cemetery in Spring.