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John "Blade" France

May 7, 1950 — January 1, 2023


John Dennis France, of Warrenton, MO, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023 at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Collette A. France; cherished son of Hope France and the late Karl France; devoted father of Bonnie France and the late Sean Karl France; loving grandfather of Sara France; dear brother of Pamela Weber and Mark France; and treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by his two sisters, Bonnie France and Karen Weber, and his brothers, Duane France and Kim France. 

John proudly and honorably served in the United States Army, where he bravely fought in the Vietnam War. He was a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Soldier Medal holder. John was a warrior, fighting so everyone could maintain their freedoms, and would proudly do it again. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Wounded Warriors.  

John loved traveling and sculpting, was a travelling artist, and was invited to create sculptures at the St. Louis Art Museum. He had a great love for animals and nature. John was a free spirit, whose interests ranged from writing a book to obtaining a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He loved his Harley and was beloved by many motorcycle clubs. 

John enjoyed 48 years of marriage to his wife, Collette. He lived life to the fullest and left an imprint on everyone he met, and he never met a stranger. John lived by the notion “never give up, never give in, never surrender.” John was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Memorials may be made in John's name to Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Wounded Warriors.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

9:30am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Baue Funeral Home - Cave Springs

3950 W Clay, St Charles, MO 63301

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, MO

2900 Sheridan Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125

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