Sue Miller

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April 3, 1958 – April 25, 2010

Sue Helene Miller of Lancaster, California grew up in Lake City in Missaukee County.  Of Saginaw Chippewa heritage, Miller earned degrees in social work at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the University of Washington, later pursuing a career as a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor.  Miller was survived by her partner Michelle Klein.

Lesbian Connection, July/August 2010

Melissa Schout

November 29, 1970 – November 3, 2016

Melissa Sorber Schout graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist High School in the class of 1988.  She later lived in Chicago before settling in Flowery Branch, Georgia outside Atlanta.  Schout was employed with RxSleep and was survived by her spouse Alicia Addington.

Grand Rapids Press, November 6, 2016

Ronald Hoenig

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January 8, 1947 – October 4, 2014

Ronald Hoenig of Bonita Springs, Florida was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Adrian and Blissfield.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later operated a cabinetry business with Art Trevino, his partner of 27 years.  The couple would have liked to have married but Hoenig died months before the Supreme Court made it legally possible.

Adrian Daily Telegram, October 11, 2014

Carole Stoneking

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March 28, 1937 – February 3, 2016

Carole Lynn Stoneking was raised in Grosse Pointe, received her Bachelor’s at Wayne State University, and in 1967, she earned a scholarship to pursue her Masters in recreational leadership.  She had a 27-year career with the YWCA and later owned the Stress Management Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Columbia, South Carolina.  Stoneking also served on the steering committee for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

The Reporter, June 2016

Barr-Price Funeral Home

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

Stormie Parham

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October 13, 1950 – August 14, 2007

Betty Jo “Stormie” Parham grew up in Grand Rapids and lived in Phoenix and Chicago before settling with her partner Gail Goldstein in Placitas, New Mexico.  She worked variously as a builder, chef, clown, firefighter, handy-woman, and innkeeper.  Parham died at age 56 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2008