Kraig Knorr

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January 20, 1957 – November 18, 1999

Pontiac resident Kraig Marlon Knorr was born in Alpena and attended Hillman Community High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1979 and later earned his B.A. at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he worked as a tutor in the writing center.  In the 1990s, Knorr worked as DJ at the State Bar in Flint and at Popper’s in Pontiac.

Alpena News, November 21, 1999

George Potts

February 19, 1956 – March 14, 1999

George Edmund Potts, resident and booster of the Palmer Park neighborhood in Detroit was born in Highland Park and worked for many years in administration at Henry Ford Hospital.  He later worked as a grant writer for the Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation.  Potts was a familiar customer at Menjo’s.

Cruise, March 24, 1999

Columbus Howard

July 9. 1924 – February 19, 1999

Born in Detroit, Columbus Howard spent much of his life in Inkster and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  In 1958, while employed as a 33-year-old stockroom worker at Montgomery Ward in Dearborn, Howard was prosecuted for gross indecency after being caught with another man in Detroit’s Rouge Park.

No known obituary

Kay McIlnay

January 24, 1941 – October 3, 1999

Kay Clare McIlnay grew up in Detroit and in the late 1970s moved to the Central Valley region of California, where s he and her loving companion Nancy Ruth Walker operated the Hummin Llama Ranch.  McIlnay died at age 58 after a long battle with cancer.

Detroit Free Press, October 5, 1999

Virgil Leone

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May 30, 1952 – November 6, 1999

Virgil Julius “Tony” Leone was born in Detroit and graduated with the class of 1970 from Mt. Pleasant High School.  At Central Michigan University, he was an early member of Gay Liberation, serving as its president in the mid-1970s.  Leone later moved to San Francisco where he worked as a Registered Nurse and became involved in local HIV/AIDS activism.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Bay Area Reporter, November 18, 1999

Ricky Kirkwood

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September 23, 1964 – June 18, 1999

Detroit resident James Richard Kirkwood Jr. was employed with a credit union.  He learned he had HIV in 1989 and kept his status secret from his family for nine years out of shame and fear of rejection for his sexuality.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 34.

Between The Lines, July 1, 2004

Ron Owens

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November 22, 1945 – December 30, 1999

Hairstylist Ronald Lorence Owens grew up in New Mexico and served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970, honorably discharged as a Specialist 5 in the Air Defense Artillery.  He resided in Southern California before moving to Michigan, where he lived in Detroit and Rochester.  Owens was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.

Cruise, February 2, 2000