SKOWHEGAN – Melvin G. French, 79, died peacefully Nov. 10, 2006, at Redington Fair-view Hospital, after a period of failing health. He was born April 17, 1927, in Abbott, the son of Guy R. French and Grace Harriet Lent French. He attended Parkman schools and was in the U.S. Army, where he fought in World War II and earned the World War II Victory Metal. Mr. French was employed as a truck foreman supervisor for H. E. Sargent, Stillwater, for 26 years, retiring in 1992. During his retirement he was employed by the Morning Sentinel as a newspaper courier. Melvin enjoyed eating out, particularly at Charriers and Frenchy’s Restaurants, Skowhegan. He loved most to spend time with his grandchildren. He is survived by seven children, Gary French Sr. and his wife, Mel, of Skowhegan, Ricky French and his wife, Earlene, of Benton, Gerald French and his wife, Brenda, of Madison, Beverly Blais and her husband, Andre, of Hartland, Harriet Clark and her husband, William, of Skowhegan, Brenda Vachon of Skowhegan and Linda Cooley of Benton, 20 grandchildren, 39 great-grand-children; and a sister, Zelda Glidden and her husband, Jack. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Lula J. Stone French; one son, Wayne French; a grandson, Timothy Manson; a granddaughter, Dawn Manson; a very dear daughter-in-law, Susan French; two sisters, Rena Fitzsimmons and Genie Patterson; and three brothers, Lloyd French, Russell French and Guy French. The family would like to thank the staff at Redington-Fairview Hospital and the ambulance personnel, for their kindness and their generous support through Mel’s illness. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Southside Cemetery, Skowhegan, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.