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Bruce James French

May 31, 1951 ~ January 22, 2021 (age 69)


Bruce French, 69, of East Moline completed his earthly journey, Friday, January 22, 2021. 

A visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 at Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, Ltd. 1902-3rd Avenue East Moline.  Covid 19 restrictions will be enforced.  Memorials may be made to the family.

Bruce James French was born May, 31, 1951 in Moline, Illinois; the son of Cherokee Bill French Sr. and Louise Willa Mae (Staten) French.  Bruce was a 1970 graduate of United Township High School.  He proudly worked for Reynolds Ford Motor Co. as an auto detailer for 50 years.  Bruce retired in November, 2020. 

Bruce’s favorite past times included playing chess, watching the Chicago Bears, singing and listening to music, and joking around with family and friends.  He was a devoted father to his daughter, Brianna, who was the love of his life.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Brianna French, Rock Island, life-long special friend and Brianna’s mother, Mary Carpenter, Moline, step-daughters, LaToya Carpenter,  Davenport,  NaTasha Carpenter,  Silvis, and Andrea Thornton, East Moline, brothers, Cherokee French, East Moline, and Eugene (Gladys) French, Snellville, GA,  sister, Beverlee Christopher, Los Angeles, CA, sister-in-law, Mae French, East Moline,  Aunt Evelyn Anderson,  East Moline, special cousins, Sheila and Kenny Anderson, East Moline, Marion Barnett, Kansas City, KS,  special nieces and nephews, , Stacie French, Hampton, Nicole (Gary) Madison, Silvis, Derryl Overton, Silvis, Damon Overton, Taylor French, both of Dallas, Texas,  a host of extended family members,  special friends, Scott Reynolds, Moline, Tommy Williamson, East Moline, Cornell Teague, Davenport, and Morris Palmer, Hampton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Louella McGowan, brother-in-law, James McGowan, and brother, Larry French.


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January 29, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, Ltd.
1902 Third Avenue
East Moline, IL 61244

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