Glen Allen French

January 10, 1947 - January 14, 2024

01/10/1947 - 01/14/2024

Past Services

Sunday January 21, 2024
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday January 22, 2024
1:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
Monday January 22, 2024
3:00 pm
Peninsula Memorial Park
12750 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, Virginia 23606
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Glen Allen French will be honored for his devoted 27 years of service to our country with The United States Army Honor Guard present to render his full military honors.

Glen Allen French passed away peacefully at home on January 14, 2024 at the age of 77. Glen was born in Warren, MI on January 10, 1947 to parents Byron &; Lucille.

Glen joined the United States Army in 1967 and proudly served for 27 years. During his noble service, he received many military citations and awards, to include the Bronze Star, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, multiple Meritorious Service Medals (2), Army Commendation Medals (5), and Army Achievement Medals (2). Glen served in Vietnam and Southwest Asia during wartime and received the Vietnam campaign medal with 60 device, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars. Glen honorably concluded his distinguished career retiring as Command Sergeant Major in 1993.
Glen was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, hunting bear and moose, ice fishing, and salmon fishing in the Alaskan mountains and rivers. He hunted rabbits in the Kentucky backwoods, chased turkeys in the Missouri Ozarks and hunted Whitetail deer in Charles City VA. He got to visit his beloved ‘Huntin Camp’ for the last time recently, and everyone who knows him knows that this was a special place for him … “his church”. Glen was an enthusiastic guitar player and loved nothing better than sitting around a campfire playing his guitar and singing with friends and family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Roni French; sisters Byrene (Theron) and Lydia (Ben); his brothers Carl (Juanita) and Bernell (Darlene); his sons Glenn (Becky) and Mark (Bendy); stepdaughter Christina (Marvin) and stepson Robert (Linda); grandchildren from Glenn are Rachael, Ryan, Alexis and Lucas. From Mark are Whitney and Alex. From Christina is Zachary. From Robert are Ryan and Leah. Great grandchildren from Rachael is Mirabella; from Whitney are Myla, Blake and Laci. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; numerous friends and acquaintances and his dear friend Sandy King.

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Richard B. Burns
2 months ago

A great American! Glen was a phenomenal first sergeant for me in the Sinai desert under the multi national forces and observers. Along with his great Viet Nam experience, his tutelage and guidance, we formed and molded a great team of soldiers servicing the multinational forces, and observers of 11 different nations up and down the Sinai desert, Egypt and Israel. He went on to bigger and better things after that solid year with me and our team. I won’t ever forget him for this, as it helped me to be an even better Soldier and leader in my following years culminating as a combat commander of a brigade in the desert back where it began with Top French. Rest in Peace my forever Brother! Salute!??

Justin Rampey
2 months ago

It is a beautiful thing to see a husband and wife loving each other for so many years. Glen and Roni were such a couple. It has been several years since I’ve seen them both together. Whenever I heard about what they were up to, and what was happening in their lives, it was always refreshing to hear that, although they had their own individual interests and back stories, they were open to sharing and developing new interests. If Aunt Roni ever had any interest in hunting, I never knew it. I would imagine Glen surprised himself as well as he opened up expanded his interests. Perhaps this is why their relationship continued to grow stronger. They accepted and supported one another.
I don’t have a lot of personal memories of Glen, but the few that I do have are of a man who warmly welcomed new family as if they were his own; and who knew how to not take himself too seriously when it counted.

Grace Derrick
2 months ago

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending time with Glen and Roni on the sad occasion of my Aunt Joan’s, Roni’s mom, passing some years ago.
Glen awed my husband with stories about his adventures the military, hunting, his vast knowledge of weapons and living off the grid. Glen was a mean cook too!
Glen welcomed us into his home and we became friends.
May he rest in the peace of the living God forever.
Heart felt love and condolences to my cousins Roni, Christina, Rob, Zach and all of Glen’s family.

Julie Sngletlon
2 months ago

Glen was more than a hero. He was a wonderful neighbor. If you ever needed anything Mr. French was happy to help. May the love he has shown throughout years continue to illuminate .

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
3 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Glen Allen French, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Glen Allen French, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

The Allen’s
3 months ago

Our Deepest sympathy to Mrs. Roni French and the entire French family.R.I. P.??????Teddy, Darnell and Quintin Allen