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Timothy Robert Auch

Died: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Timothy R. Auch, businessman and entrepreneur, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, of cancer in Lebanon, Ky.

He was born in 1947 to Walter Edward and Cynthia Murphy Auch and was raised in Greenwich, Conn., and Grosse Pointe. He was a graduate of the Brunswick School, class of 1966, and Providence College, class of 1971.

Mr. Auch worked in executive positions with Georgia Pacific, Lilly Tulip and Toyoda Gosei.

He founded and owned Serenity Farms in Raywick, Ky. He was a graduate of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute. He often brought classes to his farm for educational purposes.

Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, Mr. Auch was honored for his pioneering work with the state’s alpaca industry.

Mr. Auch thoroughly enjoyed western art, music and golf. His family said his sense of humor and sweet and gentle nature will be missed by those who knew him. He was dearly loved.

His wife, Kathleen Nolan Auch, predeceased him.

Mr. Auch is survived by his brothers, Walter E. Auch, Jr. (Lynne) of Greenwich, Conn., and Terrance H. Auch of Chicago; stepdaughter, Jennifer Lupinacci (Thomas) of Stamford, Conn.; step-granddaughters, Elizabeth, Abigail and Charlotte; nephew, Walter E. “Ted” Auch III (Julia) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; niece, Catharine A. Watson (Matthew) of Stamford and great-nephews, Jack Watson and Michael Auch.

A memorial service will be held at the family’s summer home on Crystal Lake.

Donations may be made to The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, 1717 Alliant Ave., Suite 14, Louisville, KY 40299.

Frank Joseph Bakewicz

Died: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Age: 91
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Frank Joseph Bakewicz, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

He is survived by three children, the Rev. William Bakewicz (Karen), Susan Ann Lemmons (Hodge) and Rhonda Lindell (Martin); grandchildren, Joseph (fianceé Elsy), Jonathan (Elizabeth), Rebekah, Martin and Eric and great-granddaughter, Lucia.

Mr. Bakewicz was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Edna, who was truly the love of his life, and a baby daughter, Christine Emily.

His family said Mr. Bakewicz was a gentle, humble, hardworking and faithful man. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

A funeral service was held Aug. 18 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Frederick Sloane Ford Jr.

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 90
Frederick Sloane Ford Jr., 90, of Harbor Springs, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

He was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Detroit, to Frederick Sloane Ford Sr. and Esther Lee (nee Caulkins) Ford. He grew up in Detroit, attended Detroit Country Day School in Grosse Pointe and also the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. On April 17, 1943, he married Nancy Brier in Grosse Pointe Farms. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He became a naval architect with an office in Grosse Pointe.

As a naval architect, builder and sailor, Mr. Ford knew boats. From a young age, he sailed on his father’s Alden-designed schooner, “Bimesa” and yawl, “Evening Star,” a winner of the 1938 Bayview-Mackinac race. Twenty years later, his own design, “Quintet,” captured line honors in Class C (cruising). Mr. Ford set up shop in Grosse Pointe Farms where he drew more winners, including “Trim Five,” and the racing sloop, Bright Star.”

Mr. Ford’s Great Lakes series boats are now being restored as classics. In northern Michigan, he worked with builder Ted McCutcheon to produce “Sassy,” a lively keel boat for young sailors and families. Mr. McCutcheon and Mr. Ford were in the news recently as renewed interest focused on the “Welcome,” an 18th century sloop whose story was featured in the July 2014 issue of Emmet County’s “Imagine.”

Mr. Ford’s most enduring and closest collaboration began in an old shed on Stutsmanville Road in Harbor Springs with a young builder named Steve VanDam when they created “Star,” a 33-foot cold-molded auxiliary cutter. A sister to “Star,” “Starsecho” — a blue-ribbon boat in the annual Bay Harbor Concours d’Elegance — came next and then a Hacker replica, “Flicker,” on original lines finished by Ford and built by VanDam. She was a Replica Class Winner in the Hessel Wooden Boat Show.

Summers in northern Michigan saw Mr. Ford more involved in every aspect of the local boating community. His long association with Dave Irish increased the NM fleet, introduced sailing to youngsters on the Carruthers’ dock, helped to motivate the founding crew of the Little Traverse Yacht Club and initiated the first big boat regatta on Little Traverse Bay.

Mr. Ford was at the wheel of his own boat until 84, when he made his last cruise to the North Channel. Ashore, he continued to winter on his 58-foot Hatteras, “Bright Star,” until he was 90. He shared a special 58 of those years with Nancy Brier Ford, who predeceased him in May, 2001.

Mr. Ford was a member of the Little Harbor Club in Harbor Springs and the Little Traverse Yacht Club of Harbor Springs, where he was a past commodore, the Ocean Reef Club and Key Largo Anglers Club, Country Club of Detroit and Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Ford is survived by his daughter, Susan Ford of Harbor Springs; sons, Rick Ford (Joy) of Harbor Springs and Rob Ford (Debbie) of Vail, Colo.; grandchildren, Kelley Owen (Sean) and Christopher Ford (Heather) and great-grandchildren, Barrett, Sloane and Brier Owen and Hadley and Christopher Ford.

He also is survived by his brother, Bob Ford (Annie) of Harbor Springs.

A memorial reception was held Aug. 11 at the Little Traverse Yacht Club, Harbor Springs.

Donations may be made to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital Foundation or Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, both at mclaren.org.

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Verne Churchill Hampton II

Died: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Age: 80
Verne Churchill Hampton II, Detroit attorney, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

Born Jan. 5, 1934, in Pontiac, to Verne C. and Mildred Peck Hampton, he attended Denison University and graduated from Michigan State University in 1955 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1958.

Mr. Hampton joined Dickinson Wright law firm in 1958 and served as a partner until 2004 when he became of counsel and served in that capacity until his death. He focused his practice on corporate law, corporate finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and securities. He provided legal services and counsel to companies on going private transactions, dealing with mergers or acquisitions or registered public offerings and also served as general counsel to various corporations.

During his career, Mr. Hampton was active in bar and civic activities. He was past chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, served as chairman of an attorney discipline panel and as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, was a member of the Michigan Republican Finance Committee, board member and officer of the Business/Education Alliance of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, a corporate board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and a trustee of the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation.

In 2007, Mr. Hampton received the Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section.

He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities, Country Club of Detroit, Yondotega Club and Moorings Club of Vero Beach, Fla., and a former member of the Detroit Club and Detroit Athletic Club.

Mr. Hampton is survived by his wife of 41 years, Stephanie Hall Hampton; children, Howard (Karen), Timothy H. (Soozi) and Julia H. Thibodeau (Woody) and grandchildren; Cassidy and Stephanie Hampton, Carly, Lilly and Abigail Hampton and Andrew and Jack Thibodeau.

He also is survived by his brother, William P. Hampton (Lanie) and sister, Mary Kuehn (George).

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or The Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation, c/o Shane Reeside, 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Roy T. Hawkinson D.D.S.

Died: Monday, August 11, 2014
Age: 82
Roy T. Hawkinson D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P, 82, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

Known to family and friends as “Hawk,” he was a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School and veteran of U.S. Air Force Dental Corps, who served during the Korean War. He was a longtime prosthodontist in private practice in the Detroit area.

Dr. Hawkinson was the beloved husband of Jane (nee Trupiano) for 21 years; dear father of Lysanne Anderson (Richard), Gretchen Murphy (Jim), Kim Roshek (Bob) and Michael Smith (Melissa); grandpa of Molly K., Connor, Matthew, Hayden, Bridget, Ingrid, Lauren, Kari, Davis, Molly H. and the late Meghan; brother of Gail Hawkinson; uncle of John Vance; cousin of Phyllis Daniels and former husband of Carla and Vivianne.

A celebration of Dr. Hawkinson’s life will be

3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit.

Donations may be made to Bayview Junior Sailing, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit, MI 48215 or the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

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Nadine Swanson Seeber

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Nadine Swanson Seeber, of Newport Beach, Calif., died of natural causes in her California residence.

She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Seeber of Irvine, Calif., and grandson, G. Chapman Nelson of Newport Beach.

Mrs. Seeber was a nationally-known collector and investor of fine porcelain birds and dolls and as an active club woman. She was a long-term member of League-Goodwill, Women’s Association of the Detroit Symphony and Theater Arts.

She actively supported her late husband, Robert, in his 55-year career as a financial advisor and executive, as well as in Securities Industry Association activities.

A family-only memorial service will be held in which Mrs. Seeber will be interred in The Columbarium of the Christ Church Grosse Pointe Memorial Garden.

Rosemary Seibert

Died: Monday, August 11, 2014
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Park resident Rosemary Seibert, 88, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

She was the loving aunt of Juliana Seibert Ipjian (Ronald) and Matthew Seibert (Sherrie) and dear great aunt of Laura Ipjian, Michael Ipjian and Matthew J. Seibert.

Donations may be made to St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Attn: Janet, 1401 Whittier Road, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

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