Scott Amedure

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January 26, 1963 – March 9, 1995

Scott Bernard Amedure moved to Waterford from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was five, left high school at 17 to join the U.S. Army, and later worked as a bartender at Popper’s in Pontiac.  In March 1995, two days after Amedure revealed his secret crush on his straight acquaintance Jonathan Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show, Schmitz murdered him in his Orion Township mobile home.

Between The Lines, April 1995

Suzanne Moore

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June 20, 1935 – November 17, 2018

Born in Detroit, Frances Suzanne Moore moved to California at age 22, served as a journalist in the U.S. Navy, and worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab of California Tech.  As an activist in San Diego, she cared for patients with AIDS and served as chair of the local Gay Academic Union.  Moore was preceded in death by her wife and partner of 27 years Charlynn Johnson.

Mad River Union, January 26, 2019

Kraig Knorr

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January 20, 1957 – November 18, 1999

Pontiac resident Kraig Marlon Knorr was born in Alpena and attended Hillman Community High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1979 and later earned his B.A. at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he worked as a tutor in the writing center.  In the 1990s, Knorr worked as DJ at the State Bar in Flint and at Popper’s in Pontiac.

Alpena News, November 21, 1999

Ann Sorrell

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September 2, 1936 – December 26, 2019

Kentucky native Ann Sorrell moved to Detroit at age seven.  She sold bakery goods, worked as a postal worker, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve before earning her B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.  She taught the hearing impaired in the Ann Arbor schools.  Sorrell and her life partner Marge Elde were among the first lesbian couples married in Washtenaw County in June 2015.

Ann Arbor News, January 9, 2020

In Memory of Ann Sorrell

Betsy Boyette

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July 21, 1930 – March 13, 2018

Betsy Ann Boyette was born in rural North Carolina and served as a radio operator in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War before attending DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago as its first female graduate.  In the mid-1980s, she started her own interior decorator business, retiring to Saugatuck in 2002.  Boyette and her spouse Dianne Wendt were together 43 years and married in 2015.

Commercial Record, March 22, 2018

Stanley Jankiewicz

Don Cherry pic

July 15, 1930 – June 21, 1993

Stanley Raymond Jankiewicz, better known in Detroit’s gay bar world as Don Cherry, graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1949 and attended Wayne State University.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later managed four city golf courses until retiring in 1987.  For 27 years he tended bar at such establishments as the Woodward Lounge, the Gas Station, and Menjo’s.

Cruise, June 30, 1993

Mark Chittle

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January 25, 1951 – November 19, 1994

Flint native Mark Douglas Chittle graduated from St. John Vianney High School and served a year in the Army in the early 1970s.  He lived for a time in Key West, Florida and for much of his life Chittle worked as an accountant in San Francisco.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Bay Area Reporter, December 22, 1994