In Memory

Roy French

It Will Be Alright

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12/29/14 11:05 AM #1    

David Lovitt (Lovitt)

Roy was one of the finest people I've ever known.  After his heart transplant he graduated from nursing school and worked three-day weekends in Omaha.  He stayed with us for about a year while doing so.  He worked an over night 12-hour shift and slept in our basement guest room during the day.  His passing was one of the saddest days in my life.

12/30/14 01:51 PM #2    

Linda Wilbur (Grifhorst)

Thanks  David for sharing your expeience with Roy.  He was a true joyous friend and missed by family as well.



12/30/14 02:51 PM #3    

David Lovitt (Lovitt)

About a  year and a half ago Roy's youngest daughter Ann emailed me and asked about her father.  She was only 7 or 8 when her dad died so she did not remember him very well.  This is what I wrote back to her:


Your dad was a wonderful friend to me and to many, many others.  He had a terrific sense of humor, even toward the end of his life.  Many of us would be tempted to feel sorry for ourselves had we found ourselves in his situation-not Roy!

He always had a smile and an outstretched right hand when we would meet.  He treated everyone like a close friend.  I doubt that he had an enemy in this world.

He overcame adversity when his dad died while we were still in high school.  He overcame adversity when he, himself, had to have a heart transplant at such an early age.  He could have just gone on disability after that but, instead, he went to nursing school and became an RN so he could help support his family and be a healer.  He spent weekends working twelve-hour night shifts in Omaha when he couldn’t find work closer.  He slept on a mattress on the floor of our house during the day so he could save money on rent.

I believe he loved your mom and his children more than you can even imagine.  I know you still miss him and so do we.

David Lovitt



12/30/14 08:37 PM #4    

Marcia Howe (Arnold)

What beautiful memories and a wonderful tribute to Roy.


12/31/14 09:29 AM #5    

Sandra Ott (Fisk)

When I think about Roy French I recall his beautiful face with that perfect peachy skin and those huge dimples! It just didn't seem right that a guy should have such a flawless complexion while the rest of us dealt with the usual teen age acne. All kidding aside, Roy was always that smiling, friendly person who made you feel good.

Having worked in Coronary Care as an R.N. and doing some pre op teaching for those having a heart transplant at the Colorado Medical Center back in the early 70's, I have some idea of what Roy went through. My heart aches for what his family is missing now without him. R.I.P, Roy.

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