Dale Cramton

Dale Cramton obit

November 15, 1953 – October 24, 1991

Dale Allen Cramton grew up in Jackson and graduated from Parkside High School.  As a first-year college student, he was founder of the Gay Liberation Front at Central Michigan University in September 1971.  Cramton later moved to Los Angeles where he made a life for himself as an artist.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 37.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, October 26, 1991

Dolores Kukla

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November 23, 1930 – September 20, 2010

Dolores Louise Kukla of Walled Lake was born in Detroit and graduated from Western High School.  She earned her B.S. in nursing from Wayne State University in 1960 and subsequently worked as an RN.  In the mid-1970s, Kukla listed herself as a “contact dyke” in Lesbian Connection to serve as a resource for women in Metro Detroit.  She was also involved in the Forum Foundation in the early 1990s.

Detroit News, September 26, 1990

Rachael Jackson

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May 13, 1953 – February 16, 2018

White Lake resident and transgender activist Rachael Stephaine Two-Spirit Jackson had a 47-year career in flexographic printing and was employed at the FSI Label Company in Roseville.  She was active in Affirmations and PFLAG Plymouth-Canton, as well as the Native American community, serving on the board for American Indian Services, Inc.  Jackson was survived by her wife Marie.

O’Brien & Sullivan Memorial Services

Michael Scott

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June 26, 1947 – December 7, 2010

Michael David Scott was born in Lansing and graduated from Central High School in Kalamazoo in 1966.  He later worked as a chef in Lansing and at Michigan State University.  Scott was a noted local drag performer and in June 1972 won the Miss Capital City title at a pageant held at Joe Covello’s.  Days later he led the first-ever Pride parade down Woodward in Detroit and sang at the rally in Kennedy Square.

Lansing State Journal, December 13, 2010

Sandra Peckens

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May 27, 1949 – September 5, 2020

Sandra Lee Peckens of Harbor Springs was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Otsego.  She earned her B.A. in social work from Michigan State University in 1971 and went on for her MSW, also at MSU.  Peckens career took her to hospitals in Metro Detroit and Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.  She and her longtime partner Sally Hood were united in a civil union in 2008 and legally married in 2010.

Livingston Daily Press & Argus, September 8, 2020

Barbara Edgecombe

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October 20, 1937 – February 26, 2003

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Edith Edgecombe, a Chicago native, graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and studied piano at the University of Michigan.  While working as a piano teacher back in Chicago, she decided to train for the ministry.  Edgecombe came out after graduating theological seminary and in the late 1990s served as the openly lesbian pastor of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greater Lansing.

Chicago Tribune, March 2, 2003

Terry Romatz

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December 5, 1949 – October 27, 2004

Born in Mount Clemens, Terrance Jacob “Terry” Romatz of Fraser graduated with the class of 1968 from Fraser High School.  He later worked at Sears and was self-employed cleaning houses.  Romatz was also a longtime Metra magazine employee who organized the Metra Picnic and delivered the publication at bar throughout Metro Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 54.

OutPost, November 10, 2004

Between The Lines, November 11, 2004

Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home

Mary Linton

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July 23, 1954 – June 13, 2021

Mary Catherine Linton was valedictorian of the class of 1972 at Bullock Creek High School in Midland, earned her B.S. from Michigan State, Master’s from Michigan Tech, and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.  She devoted her life to science and poetry, specializing in wetlands, and served an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.  Linton was survived by her wife and partner Kathy Kauffman.

Midland Daily News, July 8, 2021

In Memory of Mary Linton

Allan Wallace

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February 16, 1882 – April 18, 1946

Born in Detroit, Allan Patton Wallace worked as a hardware clerk before moving at age 30 to Manhattan where he performed as a bit actor in five shows on Broadway from the late 1920s through the mid-1930s.  The last decade of his life he resided in Traverse City where he was employed as a desk clerk at the Whiting Hotel.  Wallace left a suicide note and stepped from a ledge at age 64.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, April 19, 1946

Looking for Uncle Allan: A Gay Odyssey

Hank George

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June 1, 1934 – March 20, 2986

Wilbert Delos “Hank” George attended North Branch High School in North Branch and worked on the assembly line at AC Spark Plug in Flint before serving in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.  Following his time in the military, he was employed in maintenance for the State of Michigan in Flint and Lapeer.  George was a familiar presence at the State Bar and in the local gay community.

Flint Journal, March 21, 1986