Daniel Phelps French passed away peacefully on October 13, 2023, at the age of 79. Often quoted as saying he “wanted to die young, as late as possible”, he leaves behind a legacy of love, resilience, and a life lived to the fullest.
Dan was born on December 12, 1943, in Piqua, Ohio to Alfred Willard French, Jr. and Marjorie Phelps French. He remained grateful for having been taught the value of hard work and an appreciation for travel and life's pleasures. As a young boy, he embarked on a morning newspaper route, a venture that taught him the principles of service and customer satisfaction while nurturing his connection with the ever-changing seasons of nature.
French Oil Mill stated in a press release: "Dan devoted his life to service, both through his distinguished Air Force career and to The French Oil Mill Machinery Company. His leadership was marked by wisdom, kindness and a vision that helped shape [the company] into the thriving organization it is today. His commitment to our values, his dedicated work ethic, and enduring passion for community service set a high standard that inspired all of us.
"As we mourn the loss of an exceptional leader," the statement continued, "we will also celebrate the incredible journey he took in his 79 years of life. We will honor his memory by upholding the principles and values he held dear, ensuring that his legacy endures through our collective efforts."
Should a gesture of honor be desired in Dan’s memory, please consider contributions to the Piqua Community Foundation, 209 W. Ash St., P. O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356. In keeping with Dan’s generous spirit, these gifts will favorably impact people for many years. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.