Gerald French

Gerald M. "Jerry" French of Lufkin was born July 29, 1924 in Tyrone, Oklahoma, and grew up in Campo, Colorado, on a ranch. He joined the Army Air Corps at 16, and served 23 years in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired after 23 years and worked 33 years with three different airlines training pilots. He retired at age 74.

Mr. French has four daughters, two of his own and two adopted daughters, three grandsons and five granddaughters, eight great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters. (This is not counting his wife Martha's family, his stepchildren and their families.) Mr. French said, 'No party — wait until I'm a hundred!"

Happy Birthday Sweetheart, I love you, Martha

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