D.J. Boos

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April 4, 1965 – March 14, 2014

Danny W. (D.J.) Boos Jr. grew up in Beaverton and graduated from the Beaverton Rural Schools in 1982.  After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1989, he moved to Chicago where he worked in the hospitality industry.  Long active in the Windy City LGBT community, Boos was named Mr. Chicago Leather in 1997.

Windy City Times, March 19, 2014

Jessie Makaila Shipps

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April 7, 1984 – June 23, 2015

Birmingham native Jessie Makaila Shipps was a decorated veteran the U.S. Air Force, serving from 2003 to 2014.  She was active in SPARTA, an organization for trans military members, and produced a number of YouTube videos documenting her gender transition.  Shipps and her spouse Leeanna resided in Hampton, Virginia with their daughter Grace.

The Advocate, June 24, 2015

Detroit News, July 5, 2015

Cheri Jo Fiebig

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October 12, 1961 – November 19, 2013

Madison Heights High School grad Cheri Jo Fiebig performed for more than 30 years as a male impersonator, appearing at the State Bar in Flint, Silent Legacy in Inkster, and other bars in Metro Detroit in the 1980s and ‘90s.   She was featured on such local TV shows as Good Morning Detroit and Kelly & Company.  Fiebig later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and died from lung cancer at age 52.

Detroit News, November 30, 2013

Homer F___

August 8, 1908 – November 13, 1984

Autoworker Homer F___ was arrested in 1938 while cruising in the Strand Theater in downtown Flint.  The judge in his case asked if he should be sterilized, if that would solve his condition.  After completing probation, he served in U.S. Army during World War II, married, and later moved to Washington State, fathering five children.

Anacortes American, November 14, 1984

Susan Rae Crispin

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June 19, 1956 – November 15, 2009

Susan Rae Crispin of Clancy, Montana was born in the village of Sparta and earned degrees in biology from Michigan State University.  She spent her career with the Nature Conservancy, moving from botanist to director of its Great Lakes Program, dedicated to conserving biodiversity.  Crispin was survived by her Randi Levin.

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2010

Kathy Ann Rodesiler

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January 14, 1956 – May 13, 2016

Born in Coldwater, Kathy Ann Rosesiler served 23 years in the U.S. Army.  Upon retirement from the military, Rodesiler took a job with South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy program as a Master Sargent Cadre and logistician.  Hilda Ross, her spouse of 34 years, survived her.

Daily Reporter, May 18, 2016

Joe LaRosa

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May 29, 1940 – April 18, 1994

Joseph LaRosa Jr. was born in Ann Arbor, graduated from Dexter High School, and attended Cleary Business School.  In the early 1970s, LaRosa hosted Lillian’s Down Under in the lower level of Bookie’s Club 870 in Detroit.  In December 1974, he, Michael Crawford, and Hank Trent opened the former supper club Menjo’s as a gay dance club.  LaRosa later operated Orca’s before moving to Phoenix.

Dexter Leader, May 4, 1994