LaVell Williams

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February 23, 1967 – October 27, 2018

Roseville resident LaVell Williams grew up in Detroit, graduated from Cooley High School, and attended the Center for Creative Studies.  From 1997 to 2010, he worked at Record Time in Roseville and Ferndale and music was central to his life.  Williams was co-founder of the Detroit Sound Conservancy and volunteered with the Michigan Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, AIDS Walk Detroit, and Motor City Pride.

Detroit News, October 31, 2018

Facebook Obituary by Carleton Gholz

Karen Sundberg

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November 5, 1940 – August 13, 2018

Karen Sundberg of Taylor was born in Marquette, graduated from Ishpeming Public Schools, earned her B.A. from Northern Michigan University, and received an M.A. from Wayne State.  In the 1980s, she was active in Lesbian Sisters Building a Network and served as treasurer of the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council.  Sundberg was also active for many decades in the National Organization for Women.

Mining Journal, August 29, 2018

Steven Fischer

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July 24, 1975 – June 25, 2018

Holly resident Steven Craig Fischer spent his early life near Millington in rural Tuscola County and graduated from Vassar High School in 1993.  Fischer was employed with Delta Tube and Fabricating in Holly and Hairplay Designs in Fenton.  He married his husband Christopher Fischer in November 2015.

Tri-County Times, June 27, 2018

Kelly Stough

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November 2, 1982 – December 7, 2018

Detroit native Kelly Stough, also known as Keanna Mattel, was shot and killed in an anti-trans murder on E. McNichols near Palmer Park.  She attended MacKenzie High School and was active in Detroit’s ballroom scene as part of the Legendary Iconic House of Ebony.  Police arrested and charged a Sterling Heights pastor for Stough’s death.

Detroit News, December 10, 2018

Between The Lines, December 13, 2018

Deon Jackson

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March 2, 1979 – April 11, 2018

Flint native Deuntia “Deon” Jackson earned his mortuary science degree from Gupton Jones College in Atlanta and worked as a mortician in Michigan and several other states.  He performed as DJ Envi, helped establish the Safe Space drop-in center for LGBTQ youth at Wellness Services and in 2011 co-founded the Flint Gay Pride celebration.  Jackson was survived by his husband Casio Flood.

Sheldon T. Banks Funeral Chapel

Anthony Trupiano

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March 3, 1961 – April 9, 2018

Athony Trupiano grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduated from Lakeland High School in White Lake in 1980, and later earned a degree in mass communications from Alma College.  A devoted Democrat, Trupiano hosted a progressive radio program for more than 20 years, often showcasing LGBTQ causes and featuring queer and transgender activists as guests.

Press & Guide, April 12, 2018

Raymond Shepherd

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August 3, 1948 – February 27, 2018

Former Ferndale resident Raymond Edward Shepherd was born in Detroit and studied at Oakland Community College and Lawrence Tech.  He worked as a computer programmer and analyst for various firms and was a deacon and longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  At the time of his death, Shepherd lived in a senior community in Hazel Park.

Between The Lines, March 15, 2018