Kraig Debus

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February 23, 1958 – August 11, 1990

Kraig Debus grew up in Warren and earned his B.A. in advertising in 1981 from Michigan State University, where he served on the staff of the State News.  After graduation, Debus moved to Chicago.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 32.

Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1990

Wade Keas

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March 27, 1957 – December 16, 1988

Wade Leroy Keas grew up in the town of Ravenna and became active in the Gay/Lesbian Council while a student at Michigan State University.  He later lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the state attorney general’s office.  He died from a drug overdose and of complications from AIDS at age 33.

This Week in Texas, January 13, 1989

Steve Franklin

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Dates of birth and death uncertain

Stephen Franklin held retail jobs at Silverman’s and National T-Shirt.  As manager of Bonnie and Clyde’s disco, he testified before the Lansing City Council in 1980 about police harassment of gay men at the nightclub.  He later migrated to Texas.  He died of complications from AIDS.

No known obituary.

Roy Reinholz

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July 10, 1961 – December 13, 1985

Raised in the small town of Ossineke, Roy Reinholz graduated from Alpena High School in 1980, earned his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1983, and later attended Hunter City College in New York.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 24.

Alpena News, December 14, 1985

Heather Moana

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February 14, 1973 – June 3, 2015

Self-described tech nerd, scuba diver, traveler, musician, artist, photographer, cook, and gardener, Heather Moana spent her early years in Frankenmuth before moving to Battle Creek, where she graduated from Lakeview High School in 1991.  Following high school, she worked for the Battle Creek Enquirer and, in 2005, relocated to California.

Battle Creek Enquirer, June 15, 2015