March 29, 1940 ~ October 29, 2020 (age 80)


Roger D. French, 80, died on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Libby Care Center.  He was born on March 29, 1940 at Kalispell to Merle and Beth (Ricker) French, the youngest of 4 boys. His youngest brother Gary couldn’t say Roger so he gave him the nickname “Pudgie” which stuck with him through high school.  He attended Flathead schools and graduated from Flathead High School in 1958.

Roger enlisted in the US Air Force and served 4 years, stationed for most of that time in Reykjavik, Iceland.  He was honorably discharged in 1962.  He worked for Boeing in Seattle for 1 year before he returned to Montana to work at the mill in Libby.  Roger married Sandi Hayes on June 8, 1963.  They had 3 children, Kayley, Cindy and Kevin.  They later divorced.

Roger worked at St. Regis Lumber Company until 1993, except for a year stint as “The Culligan Man” in Kalispell.  He managed the Park Apartments until he retired in 2005.  He loved to sing karaoke, visit antique stores, model trains, and he tinkered around making things like walking sticks.

Roger was preceded in death by both parents and beloved stepfather Roy Edwards, and his brothers Ellis, Marlin and Gary.

Survivors include his children Kayley Robertson (Jeff), Libby; Cindy Parsons (Brad), Gillette, WY; and Kevin French (Sharla), Rock Springs, WY; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and special friend Donna Wright.

Services will be held in the spring of 2021.  Memorials may be made to Libby VFW or Libby American Legion.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memorials may be shared at

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