Obituary for Mr. Rondell Freeman "Frenchy" French

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Mr. Rondell Freeman "Frenchy" French

September 2, 1955 - July 28, 2018

Rondell Freeman French Jr., age 62 of Brown County passed away all too soon on Saturday evening, July 28, 2018 at his cabin he built and loved.

Ron was born September 2, 1955 in Beech Grove to his parents, the late Rondell Freeman and Mary Gladys (Ryan) French Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Tina L. (Oden) French, whom he married on September 22, 2005 in St. Lucia Island. Ron is also survived by his step daughter, Holly (Paul) Brooks-Smith; siblings, Connie (Walter) Diaz, Mona (Bill) Fortner, Sherrie (Ron) Bell, Lavonne (Steve) Jones and Rachele (Mike) Suddarth; and several nieces and nephews.

Ron was a 1974 graduate of Brown County High School where he participated in wrestling and was known as “Frenchy” to most of his friends. After moving to Santa Barbara, CA, he became a Forest Service Firefighter (Hot Shot) for about 8 years. Upon returning to Indiana, Ron joined the Carpenters Union and held various construction jobs around Indianapolis. He later returned to Brown County and purchased Whites Tree Service which he operated for many years. Ron and his wife, Tina, are the current owners of Frenchy’s Pub in Morgantown.

Frenchy was an avid softball player and Harley Davidson owner. He, along with friends and family, organized and supported many charitable causes at his pub including the Melaina’s Ride for Down Syndrome, Cody’s Ride for Organ Donation, French’s Pub Christmas Fund for Helmsburg Elementary School Children, and French’s Pub Christmas Fund to support active military service members. Frenchy and close friends also organized the Outsiders Motorcycle Charity Riders where he served as Vice President.

Ron’s love of family, friends, helping out those in need in Brown County and simply always having a good time will be remembered by many. Unfortunately, he was also known as a huge fan of Tom Brady, which will be embedded in many of our memories.

A Remembrance Gathering in honor of Frenchy will be held on Wednesday, August 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. at Meredith- Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Frenchy to “Cody’s Ride for Organ Donation” in care of, Meredith Funeral Home, PO Box 308, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the French family at

Information: (812) 597-4670



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Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: September 2, 1955
Died: July 28, 2018

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Karen Million posted on 8/2/18

So sorry for your loss. Ron was truly one of the nicest guys I have ever known. May he rest in peace now. Prayers for the entire family 😢. God bless


Karen Million posted on 8/2/18

In memory of Frenchy, Karen Million lit a candle


Paula Stumpf posted on 8/2/18

In memory of Frenchy, Paula Stumpf lit a candle


Paula Stumpf posted on 8/2/18

I lost my husband almost three years ago. I'm sure they're having a blast talking to each other and telling their stories. In the bible it says that when someone dies you're suppose to be happy because they have left this sinful world and they're with God. When someone is born into this world you should cry because they are now living in this sinful world. People have turned this around. I have so much peace knowing that my late husband is there waiting for me. Any and every time I saw Frenchy he always had a smile on his face, always happy. There are not too many people that are like that. I'm like him because I love to help people. There's a certain peace you get from that. That's what I'll always remember about him. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.


Bob Jones posted on 8/1/18

Frenchy was one of our best friends. Your Brothers in Pure Gold will truly miss you .Its a honor to call you Brother and we will miss you Greatly . May God in brace you into Heaven and God Bless your family to.


Judy Wells posted on 8/1/18

Tina, I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort to you and the whole family. Sincerely, Joe and Judy Wells Art Beyond Crayons


Rob Parish posted on 8/1/18

Good man. Always put everyone ahead of himself. You will be missed.


Lavonne French-Jones posted on 8/1/18

Ron was my only brother. I was born on his eighth birthday, I've been told he thought he was getting a bicycle but he got a little sister. He did finally get a unicycle,which he mastered. I have so many memories with my brother mostly good rarely bad. I lived with him in Santa Barbara when I was only seventeen. He helped me in so many ways ,from financially to everyday love. I will always Cherish him with all of my heart. He was a great man,with many many friends. I knew some but not all. I want to thank all of his friends for loving him so much. I'm glad he is at peace now and probably hugging mom. He loved her more than anyone. I will miss him daily as I do mom. My birthdays will never be the same. I love you brother with all of my heart. Your little sister Lavonne 💕💕💕💕💕😭😭😭😭


Lynn Gottschalk posted on 8/1/18

To Tina and the whole French family, I am sad with you for your loss of this great guy. May you find comfort in the knowledge that heaven is real. May you find hope in knowing that you will see him there again someday. Sincerely, Lynn Gottschalk


Susan posted on 7/31/18

You will never know how much I appreciated you, Frenchy. From shoveling my snow out of kindness to just making my life easier in many ways. I feel honored to have known you even slightly. were a good man.


Wendy Ross posted on 7/31/18

My condolences to the family.


Doc Gatto posted on 7/31/18

Ron, we rode many miles together, had many good memories. The boys will miss you.


Doc Gatto posted on 7/31/18

In memory of Frenchy, Doc Gatto lit a candle


Dawn Haggard posted on 7/31/18

Always nice and friendly with a big smile! You will be missed. Rest In Peace.


Doyel Hoskins posted on 7/31/18

God be with his family during this time of need...


Renae Gawith posted on 7/31/18

Frenchy was always good to a lot of people. Im so sorry for you loss Tina. He will be missed by many


Dennis and Elaine Walls posted on 7/31/18

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs.


Randy and Delaine Warriner posted on 7/31/18

We are so very sorry for your loss. He was so full of life!


Ruby Hartman posted on 7/31/18

Allways smiling very pleasant prayers for family.


Shelly Shields posted on 7/31/18

My deepest heartfelt sympathy for your loss


Shelly Shields posted on 7/31/18

In memory of Frenchy, Shelly Shields lit a candle


Elmo Cravens posted on 7/31/18

The world lost a good man. always your friend, I will miss you big guy.


Connie Lentz posted on 7/31/18

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. Bill & Connie Lentz


Kathy Hawkins-Spears posted on 7/31/18

Love you Frenchy. Give daddy a hug 💕💕


Connie and Walt Diaz posted on 7/30/18

Thinking of you all at this time of grieving.


Staci Ryan Srodes posted on 7/30/18

Always a wonderful smile, and always knew how to make everyone laugh😊 love you Ron❤️


The Fink’s posted on 7/30/18

Our pleasure of knowing him just a few short years. Great man, and indeed he will be greatly missed


Terrie Whetsel posted on 7/30/18

Tina, Our hearts hurt for you. You really are in our prayers. Rick and Terrie Whetsel


Zack Ryan posted on 7/30/18

I couldn’t be more thankful for the time I’ve got to spend with my cousin Ron over the past few years. I sure will miss him.


Tom parish posted on 7/30/18

We were friends to the end. Lived together, rode together and made a lot of great memories. We played softball together, worked together, never a dull moment. I will miss him like a brother. Ride on brother, ride on. Love you


Linda L Eaton posted on 7/30/18

Frenchy and Tina, I’ll never forget how much you cared and helped me when Dan Eaton passed away. Heaven has gained another angel and I know Dan is there waiting to welcome Ron home. May peace and comfort wrap around you. Morgantown will never be the same without him. I love you ❤️