Loren Kemp Alanson, age 92, peacefully passed away of natural causes on Dec. 16, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Loren was the son of Emil and Lillian, born in Detroit on Aug. 20, 1925. They brought him home in a shoebox as a frail, premature baby, but he lived a long life.
Loren was married for nearly 60 years to Josephine, whom he met in college and loved very much, and who predeceased him in 2008.
In the early-1950s Loren proudly served in the 46th Division of the Michigan National Guard (f/k/a the Wolverine Guard) and was a member of the American Legion, Grayling Post. Throughout his life Loren remained proud of his father Emil's combat service as a rifleman with the famous 104th Regiment of the 26th "Yankee" Division in France during World War I.
During the late-1940s Loren worked as a deckhand on the Great Lakes steam ship "Western States," the last side-wheeler on the lakes. In addition, he began his college education, earning his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees at Wayne State University.
After college he worked for Grand Trunk Western Railroad for several years (he really enjoyed the movie "The Polar Express"). In the mid-1950s he became a Dearborn Public Schools teacher, first teaching at Thayer Elementary School. In the early-1960s he was selected as one of the original teachers of what was then the brand-new and impressive Stout Junior High. He taught children for 30 years.
Loren loved his family. He is survived by his son, Mike and wife, Laura; his daughter, Lori and her husband, Steve; his grandson, Erik, wife, Erin and their son, Owen; his grandson, Mark; his brother, Loyal and wife, Florence; and his sister, Dolly. Loren's brother, Howard and wife, Irma predeceased him.
Loren also loved his dogs, Smudge and Malone.
Following the death of his wife, Josephine, Loren moved to Traverse City, where his son, Mike, cared for him on a daily basis until Loren became a resident of Cherry Hill Haven in 2017.
Being a Detroit Lions fan since the mid-1930s, Loren cheered for the Lions during both their good years and their "other" years. Loren often believed that the Lions were knocking on the door of the next Super Bowl.
Loren appreciated American patriotic music. During very touching moments while lying in his hospital bed - and just a few hours before his death - Loren sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" along with a Johnny Cash music video displayed by his family on an iPhone.
Dearly missed, Loren will be remembered by his family for the good things he did, his willingness to share his knowledge and opinions, his eccentric sense of humor and his fondness for leisure time.
Published on December 22, 2017