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Larry French

Larry French of Hollywood, Calif., passed away Nov. 29, 2022.

Larry was born in Norfolk on April 4, 1933, to Chester and Emma (Hargens) French. He graduated from Norfolk High School and Norfolk Junior College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and received his discharge in 1955. After his military service, he returned to college and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Wayne State College.

He taught for two years at Wilmington Junior High School in Wilmington, Calif. He then worked for several years in the aerospace industry. In the late 1960s, he began an acting career that ensued for the next 35 years. He had roles in several movie and TV productions, as well as appeared in many TV and print commercials.

He was married to Jonny Townsley on Dec. 7, 1963, and they were happily married until she passed away in 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Majorie Hagen and Nettie French; brothers Lloyd French, Kenneth French and Jerry French.

He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

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NORFOLK — Margaret H. Hale, 88, Norfolk, died Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

NORFOLK — Services for Brian M. Richter, 75, Norfolk, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, immediately followed by a graveside service at Scottville Cemetery north of O’Neill.

LAUREL — Linda S. Morris, 74, Laurel, died Thursday, May 25, 2023, at her residence in Laurel. Services are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel.

TILDEN — Services for Duane Wolske, 95, Tilden, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Faith United Methodist Church in Tilden. The Rev. Rich Chrisman will officiate with burial in Tilden City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7603, American Legion…

NORFOLK — Audrey A. (Ehrenberg) Weigel, 91, Norfolk, died Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

FOSTER — Helen M. (Maxine) Gutz, 92, Osmond, died Thursday, May 25, 2023, at The Homestead in Norfolk.

VERDIGRE — Services for James D. Sokol, 83, Verdigre, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre. James Sokol died Friday, May 26, 2023, at Avera Creighton Hospital in Creighton.

FOSTER — Helen M. (Maxine) Gutz, 92, Osmond, died Thursday, May 25, 2023, at The Homestead Assisted Living in Norfolk.

BOW VALLEY — Mrs. Mike (Kathryn S.) Uhing, 66, Hartington, died from a sudden illness on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

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