Heartfelt condolences are extended to the families of the following loved ones. However far we are separated physically, the spirit of brotherhood in the Trade School burns brightly. We are the last of a Group that will never be duplicated.

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Viril passed away October 11, 2015. Beloved husband of Mary (deceased). Survived by many loving family members.
He was a graduate of the Trade School, Class ’45. Retired from the Ford Motor Company. Virl served his Country proudly in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He is entered in the Data Base of U.S. Honorees in Washington D.C.
He was a member of the Alumni Association and had recently joined the Retirees Club, Virl joined the Association in 1997.


 rita miller


Rita passed away at the age of 96. She was a loyal member of the Retirees Club of the Alumni Association. No more information is available at this time.


 Lyn Bodnar

Lyn (Lillian) Bodnar

Beloved wife of John Bodnar, passed away August 18, 2015. Loving mother of Jack, (Melissa), Jill, (Swanstrom).
Lyn and Jack were members of the HFTS Alumni Retiree’s Club for many years. She was the joke teller of the club and never failed to produce a knee slapper or two.
Lyn was even the President of the Retiree’s. Her letters to the Club were a bright spot in the meetings.


Margaret Rose Thompson

Margaret Rose Thompson

Beloved wife of the late Gordon. Dear mother of Janet Thompson, Jaclyn (Fredric) Cunningham, Judith (Salvatore) Giacalone, and Jeanie (Marc) Bay. Loving Grandmother of  Tara, Nick, Matt, Julia, Aselle, Reno and Merrick.
Margaret and Gordon were members of the Class of ’45 who annually had a class outing at the St Clair Inn up Port Huron. They were faithful attendees at many Alumni Association events. She will be missed by her many friends.


     1923 – 2015

Ray passed away March 27, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Loving dad of Laura Novak and Robert. Also survived by his grandchildren as well as other family and friends. He was a graduate of the Trade School, Class of 1940. Served in the 8th Air Force, 381st Bombardment Group, 532nd Squadron as a B-17 pilot. He flew 50 missions over Germany.

Ray retired from the Ford Motor Company as a Heavy Duty Truck Engineer.

He was a volunteer at the Redford Theater and a member of the Henry Ford Trade School Alumni Association joining in 1959.


     1926 – 2015

Paul passed on April 22, 2015 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Helen. Loving father, cherished grandfather of 14 and great grandfather of 8. He will also be issed by his many nieces and ephews.

Paul was a graduate of the Trade School, Class 44. He joined the Alumni Association in 1953. He served his country during WWII in the Army.

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