February 5, 1966 – June 9, 2017
Born in Pontiac, Duane Froelich was a 1984 graduate of Oscoda High School and a 1992 graduate of Central Michigan University. He was employed in the restaurant industry in Columbus, Ohio for 20 years before returning to Oscoda, where he worked for the auto supplier Cooper Standard.
Iosco County News-Herald, June 14, 2017
January 8, 1949 – July 24, 2017
Onetime Windsor resident and Chrysler employee, Garnet “Bill” Beetham was owner of the Male Box in Detroit and Male Box II in Warren. He supported the Metro Detroit Softball League and numerous other gay causes in the Metro Area.
OutPost, August 2017
Kaul Funeral Home Dignity Memorial
March 29, 1987 – August 19, 2017
Grand Rapids native Regina DeVries attended Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College. She married Abigail Southworth in Connecticut in 2009, just months after the state legalized same-sex marriage.
Grand Rapids Press, August 24, 2017
October 12, 1950 – January 7, 2017
Business owner Arlene Kish attended Shafer High School in Southgate and studied marketing and advertising at Ferris State University. A devoted transgender community organizer and activist, Kish served on the board of Affirmations. As a conservative political independent, she often took flack for supporting Republican causes.
Heritage Newspapers, January 11, 2017
August 2, 1943 – February 13, 2017
Port Huron native Kristin Cookson attended Jackson High School and earned her B.S. in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University in 1965 and the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from MSU in 1967. She and her wife Suzanne Marie Lohrberg were together 49 years.
Kalamazoo Gazette, February 19, 2017