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LERCHEN, GEORGE E.

2014-03-30
GEORGE E. LERCHEN

LERCHEN GEORGE E., Age 91 March 26, 2014. Beloved husband of Ann (nee Avigne) for 69 years. Loving father of Jane Ann. He was predeceased by his parents Clara and George Lerchen and a brother Robert (Jeanne) Lerchen of Brighton, MI. George is also survived by a brother, Bertram W. (Sue) Lerchen of Central Lake, MI and nephews Thomas G. (Christine) Lerchen of Saline, MI , Mark (Debbie) Lerchen of Annville, PA and a niece, Karen Lerchen of Annville, PA. George was born not too far from what was the Navin Field and was a 1941 graduate of Detroit Western High School. George played professional baseball for fifteen years with three years out for service in the US Navy during World War II. Though most of George's baseball years were spent in Triple A and Double A leagues, he did have the proverbial "cup of coffee" with the Detroit "Tigers" in 1952 and the Cincinnati "Reds" in 1953. His first hit in the "bigs" was a home run against the Washington "Senators". After baseball, he played recreational softball with the J.R. Snyder Masonry team, and in 1998 George was inducted into the Metro-Detroit ASA Softball Hall of Fame. George retired from the construction industry with the Kirco Realty Company. Memorials appreciated by the family to The Michigan Humane Society, 900 N. Newburgh Rd., Westland, MI 48185. www.santeiufuneralhome.com

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Martin Magid03/30/2014

I am so sorry to read of George's passing, and I send my warm sympathy to Ann and Jane. George was active in the Detroit Tigers Alumni Association, and invited me to umpire several of their alumni games. Those times gave me some of the most joyful days I've ever had, and I had the honor of playing catch and associating with many of my boyhood heros. I will always be grateful to George for that. He was a great guy, and I'm proud to call him a friend. I'm sad that I cannot attend his funeral as I will be in Florida for another month. I send my love and friendship to Ann and Jane as they mourn their wonderful and devoted husband and Dad. Marty Magid

Brian Wilczynski03/30/2014

George is playing on the Field of Dreams now…Ann and Jane Ann - you will find the strength to get through this...

Mike Dugan04/02/2014

The Buffalo Bisons Booster Club send our sympathy to the Lerchen family at this time. George played for the Bisons both in 1946 and 1952.

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