Richard Dutton

Richard Dutton pic

June 17, 1935 – November 2, 1990

Richard Dutton grew up in Birmingham, graduated from high school in 1953, and served as a medic in the U.S. Army.  Following his military service, he held retail jobs before starting bartending at Tiffany’s in the early 1970s.  He later operated the Cove with Lin Shampine and Norm Schwartz and then worked for Menjo’s and staffed the door at the Pink Flamingo.  At age 55, Dutton took his own life.

Cruise, November 14, 1990

Bruce Dettloff

Bruce Dettloff pic

August 6, 1940 – December 29, 1990

Bruce Dettloff started his gay bar career as a waiter at the Conquest Lounge in Detroit, rising to the position of manager and rechristening it Blue Boy.  In 1975, he opened the Gold Coast Saloon and later operated Applause.  He also helped establish the BTI Bowling League and was co-founder of the Detroit Bar Guild.  Dettloff was shot and killed at his home at age 50.

Cruise, January 9, 1991

Ten Percent, January 15-28, 1991

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe pic

July 19, 1961 – June 10, 1986

Robert Dean Lowe, Boo-Boo to friends, graduated with the class of 1980 from Lakeshore High School in St. Clair Shores.  He worked as doorman at Menjo’s nightclub in the mid-1980s and was co-owner of the popular afterhours dance emporium Heaven.  Lowe was found shot to death in his Palmer Woods home in Detroit at age 25.

Cruise, June 18, 1986

Metra, June 18, 1986

James Brown II

James Brown II pic

August 2, 1960 – February 11, 2019

James Osmond Brown II, known to customers and leather community members as Diamond Jim, grew up in Highland Park and graduated from Detroit’s Cass Tech High School.  Over the years, he held such titles as Mr. R&R, Mr. Leather Detroit, and Mr. Michigan Leather and in 1994 helped form the Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association.  From 2001 to 2010, Brown operated Diamond Jim’s Saloon.

Between The Lines, March 7, 2019

Ed Walker

Ed Walker pic

October 24, 1944 – August 24, 1993

Detroit resident and Highland Park native Edward Walker grew up in Dearborn Township.  He joined the U.S. Army following high school and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received while serving in Vietnam.  During the 1970s, he worked as an assembler at Ford Motor Company.  From 1980 until his death, Walker operated the Hayloft Saloon with his lover Len Lippert.

Cruise, September 22, 1993

Diane Bono

Diane Bono pic

July 19, 1941 – May 30, 2016

Taylor resident and Detroit native Diane Mary Bono graduated from Allen Park High School in 1959 and later worked as a cosmetology instructor.  From 1974 to 1979, along with her then-partner Donna Chartier and their friend June Reynolds, Bono operated the Casbah Lounge, the first lesbian-owned lesbian bar in Detroit.

No known obituary

Dan Majewski

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December 16, 1961 – October 21. 2007

Troy resident and Detroit native Daniel Kevin Majewski earned Associates degrees in culinary arts and accounting.  He and his partner Frank Blondale operated a bakery from 1985 to 1994 and, beginning in 1991, co-owned the Detroit Eagle.  Both were active supporters of local LGBTQ organizations, including the Forum Foundation and the Triangle Foundation.  Their partner Thomas Stabnicki also survived him.

Windy City Times, October 31, 2007

Between The Lines, November 8, 2007

Carl Jennings

Carl Jennings pic

September 23, 1938 – February 3, 2019

Born in Lewiston, Idaho, Carl Ivan Jennings served in the U.S. Air Force before making his way to Michigan, where, in the late 1960s, he met his life partner and later husband Lawrence Gammons.  In 1981, they opened Douglas Dunes Resort and in 2012 helped to found West Shore AWARE.  The two were featured in the 2015 WGVU documentary Michigan Hometown Stories: Saugatuck/Douglas.

Holland Sentinel, February 6, 2019

Bobby Schorle

Bobby Schorle pic

April 5, 1939 – March 9, 2018

Robert Francis “Bobby” Schorle was an icon in the Grand Rapids gay community.   Schorle was longtime co-owner of various bars, including the Carousel Lounge, Turn About, Carousel II, and the Cell.  He was also instrumental in creating the local Queen of Hearts pageant.  Born in Chicago, Schorle grew up on a fruit farm in Fennville and graduated from Fennville High School in 1957.

Chappell Funeral Home

Carl Rippberger

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October 8, 1947 – May 16, 1994

Born in Detroit, Carl Rippberger graduated from Denby High School and served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Army draftee.  He bar tended at Tiffany’s before acquiring the Escape Lounge, which he opened as Backstreet nightclub in 1979.  Rippberger served as president of the Detroit Bar Guild and helped raise funds for Wellness House and Affirmations.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.

Detroit Free Press, May 19, 1994

Cruise, May 25, 1994

Affirmations Newsletter, July 1994