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Former Spartan All-American Walt Kowalczyk Passes Away

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State All-American halfback Walt Kowalczyk passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7. He was 83. A three-year letterwinner (1955-57) under Hall of Fame Coach Duffy Daugherty, Kowalczyk earned consensus first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1957 after leading the Spartans to a share of the National Championship, picking up...

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Former Michigan State LB Mike Labinjo Dies at age 38

Mike Labinjo, a former standout Michigan State linebacker who went on to play in both the NFL and CFL, has died. He was 38 years old. Labinjo’s death was announced Saturday evening by his former CFL team, the Calgary Stampeders. The cause of death was not announced. “We are deeply saddened to learn of Mike’s...

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John Demmer (1920 – 2018)

Mr. John E. Demmer passed away in his Harbor Springs, Michigan home on July 14, 2018.  John and his wife Marnie moved from Lansing to reside in Harbor Springs full time in 2008.  The Demmer’s found a beautiful community and the community gained a beautiful couple. John was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1920, graduating...

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Ken Stockwell (1960 – 2018)

Kenneth Stockwell passed away on April 21, 2018. Funeral Home Services for Kenneth are being provided by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes of East Lansing, MI. Visitations: April 28, 2018 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes located at 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. April 29, 2018 at The Peoples...

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Dorne Dibble, Lions world champ, Michigan State All-American, dies at 88

Dorne Dibble, a Michigan State All-American who won two championships with the Lions in the 1950s, has died. He was 88. The Adrian native died Thursday night of pneumonia at his home in Northville, according to attorney Jim Acho, who represented Dibble and other NFL players in their concussion lawsuit against the league. Dibble was...

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Al Luplow: (1939-2017)

Luplow, Alvin D. “Al” 3/13/1939 – 12/28/2017 Saginaw Twp., Michigan Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 28, 2017. He was 78 years old. Alvin David Luplow was born on March 13, 1939, in Saginaw to the late Alvin Edward and June Carla (Eisenhauer) Luplow. Al married Marlene Michalski on October...

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Dale Knight: (1932-2017)

Dale Walter Knight passed away October15th, 2017. Dale was the middle son of five boys born to Oliver and Gina Knight on December 4th, 1932. The Knight boys worked the Knight Farm, hunted and played together for their entire lives. Oliver Knight proudly watched and participated in the daily baseball while Gina Louise Knight cooked....

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Michigan State pioneer Clifton Roaf passes away

Michigan State pioneer passes away Clifton Roaf, a retired dentist, was Underground Railroad’s first passenger Photo: Clifton Roaf with his son Willie at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Some sad news on the passing of a Michigan State football pioneer. My research for book Raye of Light revealed he was the first passenger on...

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Former Packers All-Pro LB Dan Currie passes away at 82

Former Green Bay Packers All-Pro linebacker Dan Currie passed away on Monday in Las Vegas according to the team website. He was 82 years old. Currie was drafted by the Packers in 1958 at No. 3 overall. He was the first pick in arguably the Packers best draft class in team history as they also...

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Former Spartan All-American Frank Kush Passes Away

June 22, 2017 EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State All-American guard Frank Kush, who helped the Spartans to National Championships in 1951 and 1952, died on Thursday, June 22. He was 88 (1929-2017). A three-year letterwinner (1950-52) under Hall of Fame Coach Biggie Munn, Kush anchored MSU’s defensive line during its undefeated National Championship...

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