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Paul Rochester (1938 – 2020)

Paul “Rocky” Rochester, one of the unsung but important defensive contributors to the Jets’ Super Bowl III triumph over the Baltimore Colts in January 1969, died Sunday with his family around him. He was 81. Rochester was born in Lansing, MI, grew up in Floral Park on Long Island, attended Sewanhaka HS there, then took...

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John Allen Kettunen 1945 – 2019

John Allen Kettunen, age 74, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away Nov. 1, 2019 at Penrose Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 21, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Helen and Toivo Kettunen. John was a 1963 graduate of North High School where he was inducted into the North High...

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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams, a Bellefontaine High School graduate and one of the most talented athletes in Logan County history, passed away Sunday. Williams, a star running back at Bellefontaine who went on to play at Michigan State, had been battling lung cancer. A 1969 BHS graduate, Williams was a multi-sport star for the Chiefs. He was...

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Richard P. Anderson 1929 – 2020

Richard P. Anderson, 90, of Maumee, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Richard (Dick) was the son of Harold and Margaret (Meilink) Anderson. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 10, 1929, just months before the onset of the Great Depression. He received...

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Anthony Mario Kolodziej 1936 – 2020

Anthony “Tony” Kolodziej, 83, passed away on Feb 27th after battling Dementia at Bethany Nursing Home in Nashville, TN. Tony was born May 29, 1936 to Anthony & Mary (Rojowska) Kolodziej in Northampton, MA, the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Northampton High School – earning a letter from 3 different sports but where...

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Former Spartan All-American Dick Tamburo Passes Away

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State All-American center Dick Tamburo passed away on Monday, Feb. 24. He was 90 (1930-2020). A three-year letterwinner (1950-52) under Hall of Fame Coach Biggie Munn, Tamburo earned first-team All-America honors and was named the team MVP as a senior in 1952 after leading the Spartans to the National Championship...

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George Perles Dies at 86; Coach Revived Michigan State Football

George Perles, who coached Michigan State to two Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was an assistant for the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s, died on Tuesday at his home in East Lansing, Mich. He was 85. The university announced his death. He had been treated for Parkinson’s...

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Henry “Hank” Charles Bullough 1934 – 2019

(Born Jan. 24, 1934, in Scranton, Pa.; died Nov. 24, 2019, in Haslett, Mich.) For 85 years, Bullough was his name. Football was his game. And those who knew him will never be the same. He was known as “The Doctor of Defense,” “Hurricane Hank,” “True Grit” and “The Patriarch.” But the names that meant...

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Thornton LaMarr Thomas, who starred on the football field and basketball court, dies at 70

Thornton has produced more than its share of dominant two-sport athletes. LaMarr Thomas ranks near the top of the list. Thomas, a 1966 Thornton graduate who starred in football and basketball, died Wednesday at age 70. He is survived by his wife, Christine. Thomas had been battling cancer in recent years. It was one of...

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Iconic Marine C.O.O. and 32-Year Marine Industry Leader Joe Curran Passes Away

Extremely popular and well respected for leading the reemergence of Iconic Marine’s three brands—Fountain, Baja and Donzi—32-year marine industry veteran Joe Curran passed away yesterday after a short and hard fought battle with stomach cancer. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Curran was part of Iconic’s original management team and providedleadership, vision and unmatched...

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