FRANK E. PETTINGA
1920 - 2013
Pettinga, Frank E. Age 92. February 27, 2013 of Grosse Ile. Beloved husband of the late Wilda. Loving father of Larry (Jo), Gail (Don) Martin, Paul (Bonnie) and David (Bonnie). Proud grandfather of 8. Great grandfather of 11. Also survived by 2 brothers William and Donald (Diane). Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Jeanette and 2 brothers Robert and James. Frank had been retired for 33 years. He loved to golf and was a former member of the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
Apprentice. School Graduate Class 1942.
Joined the Alumni Association in, April 1958.
JAMES W. BLAIR JR.
1919 – 2014
James Blair died July 19, 2014, just one month short of his 95th birthday!
James was born in Glasgow, Scotland August 20, 1919.
Graduate of the Henry Ford Trade School. As a teenager he was awarded Boy Scout Badges.
Proud member of the U S Navy during WWII, serving as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He was a founding member and Past President of the Detroit Aero Modelers and Radio Controlled Airplane Club for 40 years. He was considered a Master Builder, scratch building and flying over 100 planes.
Husband of the late Margaret for 56 years. Loving father, grandfather, and Gr great father. He will be missed.
RAYMOND F. ADAMS
1919 – 2014
Raymond died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Sun City, Arizona. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Steward. He is survived by his two sons and their families.
Ray attended the Trade School graduating Class ’37. He went on to invent inline sewing equipment for car interiors and seats.
ALBERT T. CHURCHILL
1914 – 2014
Albert died just a few months short of 100 years in age.
He attended the Trade School and graduated Class ’32 “W” Section. When Al was interviewed by Ziati Meyer in December of 2011 for the Detroit Free Press, about nonagenarians still earning paychecks, he stated, “It’s more fun to work” “Do I have a hobby? Yes its magnets”.
Al owned the Troy- based Magnetool, a company he founded in 1951 using training he received at the Trade School.
Al also served his country in WWII as a 1st Lieutenant.
REV. MSGR. STANLEY E. MILEWSKI
1929 – 2014
Father Milewski served Orchard Lake Schools since 1957 Procurator- Treasuer, Teacher, Athletic Director, Vice Rector, Chancellor, and Chancellor Emeritus. The Alumni Association knew him as the priest who invited the Association the Sunday after Easter to read the names of our departed brothers at a Memorial Mass. This Mass is still reserved for the Alumni Association.