Ed Walker

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October 24, 1944 – August 24, 1993

Detroit resident and Highland Park native Edward Walker grew up in Dearborn Township.  He joined the U.S. Army following high school and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received while serving in Vietnam.  During the 1970s, he worked as an assembler at Ford Motor Company.  From 1980 until his death, Walker operated the Hayloft Saloon with his lover Len Lippert.

Cruise, September 22, 1993

Louis Farmer

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February 12, 1938 – February 1, 2016

Louis Rhodes Farmer was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and moved to Michigan in 1956.  He was employed as a custodian for the University of Michigan while working his way through college, served in the U.S. military from 1961 to 1963, and earned his M.A. in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1970.  Farmer retired from teaching with the Chlesea School District in 1988 and lived in Ypsilanti.

Ann Arbor News, February 16, 2016

Sarah Emma Edmonds

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December 1841 – September 5, 1898

Born in Nova Scotia, Sarah Emma Edmonds began presenting herself as Frank Thompson at age 15.  Thompson moved to Flint in the 1860s and was considered “quite a lady’s man.”  After serving as a male nurse in Second Michigan Volunteer Infantry the Civil War, Edmonds resumed living as a woman.  Her memoir Nurse and Spy in the Union Army became a best seller.

No known obituary

David Goff

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May 17, 1962 – January 26, 1995

Born in Ann Arbor, David Bruce Goff grew up in South Lyon and graduated from Manchester High School in 1980 before joining the U.S. Navy.  He later worked as a mechanic and apartment manager.  He also volunteered with Wellness Networks and was active in the Detroit area leather community.  Goff was preceded in death by his lover Rudy Sepulvada.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 32.

Cruise, February 8, 1995

Chet Sampson

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October 15, 1916 – October 2, 2010

Chester James “Chet” Sampson of Los Angeles was born in Hubbell and attended Michigan Tech before transferring to the University of Michigan.  During World War II he produced variety shows in the U.S. Navy.  He later taught high school in Grosse Pointe before opening his own travel agency.  In 1965, he founded ONE in Detroit, only the second formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Grosse Pointe News, November 4, 2010

Carl Jennings

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September 23, 1938 – February 3, 2019

Born in Lewiston, Idaho, Carl Ivan Jennings served in the U.S. Air Force before making his way to Michigan, where, in the late 1960s, he met his life partner and later husband Lawrence Gammons.  In 1981, they opened Douglas Dunes Resort and in 2012 helped to found West Shore AWARE.  The two were featured in the 2015 WGVU documentary Michigan Hometown Stories: Saugatuck/Douglas.

Holland Sentinel, February 6, 2019

Sally Ann Hopkins

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April 14, 1958 – October 24, 2012

Sally Ann Hopkins was born in Jackson and graduated in the class of 1976 from Jackson High School.  She later earned her Associates Degree from Columbia College in Missouri and served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.  Following her service, Hopkins worked at Home Depot and resided in Atlanta, Indiana with her partner Kathryn “Kathi” Lee Miller.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, October 28, 2012