Dennis Komac

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November 9, 1944 – November 7, 1994

A founder of the Lesbian and Gay Community Network of West Michigan, Dennis Komac served in Army from 1968 to 1970 and moved to Grand Rapids in 1984 to serve as executive director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  Komac and his life partner Jeff Swanson later operated Sons and Daughters bookstore.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.

Network newsletter, December 1994

Randy French

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September 2, 1943 – November 24, 2015

Born in Pontiac, Randell “Randy” French served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked at the GM V-8 Engine Plant in Flint, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Ortonville.  For a time, he also tended bar at the Interchange and other Detroit gay nightspots.

Flint Journal, May 15, 2016

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

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

Ronald DeJonge

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January 4, 1941 – January 9, 2018

A 1959 graduate of Holland High School, Ronald DeJonge attended Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.  A veteran of the National Guard, he later worked as a graphic designer and cabinet maker.  At his death he shared a home in New Richmond with his partner Darris Chichock.

Holland Sentinel, January 11, 2018

Ernie Horne

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August 9, 1926 – March 5, 2010

Longtime Utica resident Ernest Horne was born in Boston, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, graduated from Harvard University, and moved to Detroit in the late 1940s.  From 1961 to 1992, he was a librarian at the GM Tech Center in Warren.  Horne was active in numerous Detroit area organizations, including the Association for Suburban People, the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, the Forum Foundation, and Affirmations.

Between The Lines, March 11, 2010

Ernest L. Horne papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library

Robert Harper

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April 7, 1921 – June 15, 2014

As a fighter pilot in World War II, Pontiac native and Rochester Hills resident Robert Harper survived weeks in the jungles of the Philippines after his plane was shot down.  With degrees from Albion and Michigan State University, he taught in the Waterford Schools for twenty-five years.  Harper was of a generation that never told their parents they were gay.

Oakland Press, June 22, 2014