Mary Banister

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July 16, 1945 – February 18, 2017

Mary Barbara Virginia Banister, co-owner with her life partner Wendy Robertson of the Touch of Country Mall, was born in Detroit and later lived in Warren before moving to Howell in 1972.  Before acquiring the antique mall, she worked for various lumber, hardware, and nursery stores.  Banister was a devoted member of Hardy United Methodist Church.

Livingston Daily Press and Argus, February 21, 2017

Jay Ralko

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July 13, 1992 – Last seen December 10, 2014

Jay Ralko of Warren was active in the GLBTA Student Union while a student at Wayne State University and was employed at Kroger.  The 22-year-old trans man went missing on December 10, 2014, sparking an extensive regional search.  He was found dead in his car thirteen days later.  Police suspected that Ralko took his own life.

Oakland County Times, December 24, 2014

Windy City Times, December 26, 2014

Remembering Jay Video

Larry Kunkle

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September 24, 1964 – March 10, 2002

Ferndale resident Lawrence James Kunkle, better known as Larry, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated in 1973 from Warren High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s in advertising from Ferris State University in 1987 and worked in advertising, journalism, and computer tech.  Kunkle was active in WAGS, Wonderful Animals Giving Support, and was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002.

Between The Lines, April 11, 2002

Scott Lawrence

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October 29, 1961 – February 10, 2000

Scott Lawrence, a homeowner in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, graduated high school in Warren and was employed with area advertising agencies.  He volunteered with Affirmations Community Center and for a time worked as a waiter at the Backstage Deli.  Lawrence was survived by his life partner Ron Fisher.

Between The Lines, March 9, 2000

Brian Scholz

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August 12, 1972 – October 13, 2002

Born in Southfield, Brian Thomas Scholz resided in Warren and was employed at several Detroit area bars, including Pronto, Karma, Club Inuendo, and Male Box.  He took part in the Metro Detroit Softball League and donated time to numerous causes, including the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, Steppin’ Out, and annual pride celebrations.

OutPost, October 16-29, 2002

Between The Lines, October 17, 2002

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

Bill Beetham

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January 8, 1949 – July 24, 2017

Onetime Windsor resident and Chrysler employee, Garnet “Bill” Beetham was owner of the Male Box in Detroit and Male Box II in Warren.  He supported the Metro Detroit Softball League and numerous other gay causes in the Metro Area.

OutPost, August 2017

Kaul Funeral Home Dignity Memorial