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NORRIS ~ Charles Thomas French, Jr. (Butch), Born January 27, 1955 passed away at 10:26 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at his home in Norris.

He was born January 27, 1955 in Peoria to Charles and Joan (Anderson) French, Sr.  On November 4, 1978 he married Victoria Black in North Pekin who survives.

Also surviving are one son; Josh French of Edwards; three grandchildren, Nathan, Logan and Addison; one brother, Daniel (Lori) French of Kewanee; four sisters Diane Brittingham, Connie (Terry) Weaver, both of Wyoming, Jackie Morris of Hudson, FL and Denise Laufelman French .

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Butch proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal.

He was a member of the McArthur Drive Baptist Church in North Pekin.

For 10 years, Butch owned and operated French’s Auto Repair and Sales which was located behind the Fast Stop in Hanna City, last working in 2016.

He enjoyed boating, fishing, camping and buying things.  He loved being with his grandchildren and “he gave the best hugs”.  Charles will be very missed by all and he was loved by many.

There will be a celebration of life gathering Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 3 until 7 p.m. at his home.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614

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