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Archived Flag Flying Tributes are organized alphabetically by recipient's last name. Month and year of the tribute can be found at the bottom of each page. Information was current at the time of the tribute.

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CDR Administrative Officer

Merdith “Mert” M. Frost

Mert, a devoted patriot, served his country in the United States Naval Reserves, flying his flag daily thereafter. He attended Western Michigan University for four years prior to embarking on his 40-year career as the owner and operator of Frost Standard, the largest full-service gas station in South Western Michigan. Well respected for his business acumen, he was a mentor for many other entrepreneurs. As an active community minded individual, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners International. He enjoyed meeting the families while driving them to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago and Cincinnati for their children to receive medical care, making over 280 trips total. Mert belonged to the Elks Club in Otsego; he was a member of TPA, AMBUCS, YKATS Swim Club, WMU Blue Line Club, and Alamo Little League. He was honored to receive a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International. Mert enjoyed going to car shows and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed his time together with his friends from school and they were known as the Milwood Lunch Bunch. Mert is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Doris (Hutchins) Frost; four children, Dianne Hunter, Linda (Rick) Bukoski, John “Jack” (Kim) Frost and Susan (Steve) Andrie; ten grandchildren, Becky, Maria, Julianna, Aria, Aydin, Ansel, Kimmy, Jimmy, Nicole and Tommy; and one great-grandchild, Ava.    

Mert was laid to rest with full military honors in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Staff Sergeant

Harry Haase

Harry was born in Tilsit, East Prussia on August 18, 1926, the son of the late Max Richard Haase and Ida E. (Doerfer) Haase. Mr. Haase joined the Army and served his country in the Pacific arena during World War II. He also served with the 461st Amphibious Truck Co., Ft. Eustis, Va, giving instructions to students operating the amphibious truck in the 8 weeks training cycle. Instructions consisted of land and water operations and maintenance. Mr. Haase returned to civilian life in March 1946, where he owned and operated his own contracting business, Max Haase and Son Custom Builder. He served as Building Inspector for the city of Galesburg and as Comstock Township Trustee. He belonged to the Comstock V.F.W. Post #6252 and served with the Honor Guard. In June 2016, he was honored with participation in the Honor Flight program. Among his hobbies, he especially enjoyed woodworking. Mr. Haase was joined with his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Helen (Harriman) Haase, at her death in September 2017. He and Helen were united in marriage on December 27, 1947. He is survived by four children, Ruth (Bob) Blake, Cathy (Dan) Joba, Harry “Rob” (Darlene) Haase Jr., and Linda (Mike) Hoppenrath; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; one brother, Max (Ruth) Haase passed in March 2017; his other brother, Conrad Haase passed some years earlier.

Mr. Haase was laid to rest with full military honors in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.

Mr. Haase was honored the month of August 2018.

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Donald W. Hansen  

Mr. Hansen, of Three Rivers, was born August 28, 1951 in Kalamazoo the son of William and Nancy (Ferguson) Hansen. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he worked for several years as a forklift operator with Trelleborg in Indiana. Don enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, cars, and his dog Buddy. On October 30, 1976 he was united in marriage to his loving wife Judy Price, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Eric (Margaret) Hansen, Amy Hansen; a grandson, Oscar; brother, David Hansen; and several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas.

Mr. Hansen was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.

Mr. Hansen was honored the month of March 2019.

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