Suzanne Klinko

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September 25, 1941 – September 8, 2007

A 1960 graduate of Jackson High School and 1982 graduate of Michigan State University, Suzanne Klinko worked with the AWARE Shelter and the Community Action Agency before taking a job as substance abuse counselor for Chelsea Community Hospital.  She was preceded in death by her life partner Susan Roark.

Midland Daily News, September 11, 2007

Oliver Sipple

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November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989

Oliver Wellington Sipple was born in Detroit, grew up in Royal Oak, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970, including a tour-of-duty in Vietnam.  After leaving the military, he moved to San Francisco, where he could live a more open gay life.  On September 22, 1975, Sipple made headlines and history when he prevented an attempted assassin from shooting President Gerald Ford.

New York Times, February 4, 1989

Radiolab story on Oliver Sipple

Larry Frost

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April 11, 1941 – July 24, 1973

Larry Frost grew up in Royal Oak.  He left Metro Detroit as a young adult and lived in various cities until he landed in New Orleans, where he worked as a bar manager and attended the local Metropolitan Community Church.  Frost is believed to be one of three unidentified arson victims of the Upstairs Lounge Fire that killed 32 people.

The Advocate, November 15, 2015

Dianna Bortz

September 26, 1941 – December 10, 2010

Allegan resident Dianna “Jo” Bortz and her husband Jay were active in the Holland/Lakeshore chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.  Prior to retirement, Bortz worked in senior care and protective services.

Kalamazoo Gazette, December 16, 2010

Ronald DeJonge

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January 4, 1941 – January 9, 2018

A 1959 graduate of Holland High School, Ronald DeJonge attended Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.  A veteran of the National Guard, he later worked as a graphic designer and cabinet maker.  At his death he shared a home in New Richmond with his partner Darris Chichock.

Holland Sentinel, January 11, 2018