22 historical figures you probably didn't know were buried in Michigan

From Rosa Parks to the founder of the Kellogg Company, Michigan is the final resting place of many well-known American entertainers, business leaders, activists, and even a serial killer. The lives of these famous (and infamous) celebrities reflect Michigan's history as a center of industry, music, and sports.

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Dick York
Famous for his role as Darrin Stephens in the television series “Bewitched,” Dick York also appeared in “Father Knows Best,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Flintstones.” York lived in Rockford following his retirement. After his death in 1992, York was buried in Kent County at the Plainfield Cemetery in Rockford.
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Dick York

Famous for his role as Darrin Stephens in the television series “Bewitched,” Dick York also appeared in “Father Knows Best,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Flintstones.” York lived in Rockford following his retirement. After his death in 1992, York was buried in Kent County at the Plainfield Cemetery in Rockford.

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Levi Stubbs
Known for his role as the lead singer of the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs contributed to Detroit’s Motown legacy with songs such as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and “Bernadette.” Following his death in 2008, Stubbs was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Levi Stubbs

Known for his role as the lead singer of the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs contributed to Detroit’s Motown legacy with songs such as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and “Bernadette.” Following his death in 2008, Stubbs was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.

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George Gipp
Nicknamed “The Gipper,” George Gipp was a talented football player for Notre Dame University. He still holds a number of records at Notre Dame, including for average yards per rush for a season. In 1920, Gipp died at just 25 years old following a pneumonia infection. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Calumet in the Upper Peninsula. 
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George Gipp

Nicknamed “The Gipper,” George Gipp was a talented football player for Notre Dame University. He still holds a number of records at Notre Dame, including for average yards per rush for a season. In 1920, Gipp died at just 25 years old following a pneumonia infection. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Calumet in the Upper Peninsula.

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Aileen Wournos
Born in Rochester, Aileen Wournos is remembered as one of the most notorious female serial killers of the twentieth century. After a childhood of neglect and abuse, Wournos traveled between Florida and Michigan committing petty crimes and assault. In 1991, she confessed to the murders of six men between 1989 and 1990. After her execution in Florida in 2002, her ashes were scattered under a tree in an undisclosed location in Michigan.
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Aileen Wournos

Born in Rochester, Aileen Wournos is remembered as one of the most notorious female serial killers of the twentieth century. After a childhood of neglect and abuse, Wournos traveled between Florida and Michigan committing petty crimes and assault. In 1991, she confessed to the murders of six men between 1989 and 1990. After her execution in Florida in 2002, her ashes were scattered under a tree in an undisclosed location in Michigan.

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Jackie Wilson
Nicknamed “Mr. Excitement” for his enthusiasm during performances, Jackie Wilson was a talented soul, pop, and rhythm and blues singer. After his death in 1984, Wilson was buried in Westlawn Cemetery in Wayne.
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Jackie Wilson

Nicknamed “Mr. Excitement” for his enthusiasm during performances, Jackie Wilson was a talented soul, pop, and rhythm and blues singer. After his death in 1984, Wilson was buried in Westlawn Cemetery in Wayne.

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David Ruffin
Known as one of the lead singers of The Temptations, David Ruffin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. As frontman for The Temptations, Ruffin’s voice can be heard on numerous hits, including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “It’s Growing.” Following his death in 1991, Ruffin was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.
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David Ruffin

Known as one of the lead singers of The Temptations, David Ruffin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. As frontman for The Temptations, Ruffin’s voice can be heard on numerous hits, including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “It’s Growing.” Following his death in 1991, Ruffin was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Sojourner Truth
Born into slavery in Swartekill, New York in 1797, Truth escaped to freedom in the late 1820s. After meeting Frederick Douglass and William Lloyld Garrison in New York City, Truth became an outspoken abolitionist. After the Civil War, she continued to speak on issues including prison reform, women’s rights, and aid for former slaves. Following her death in 1883, she was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek.
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Sojourner Truth

Born into slavery in Swartekill, New York in 1797, Truth escaped to freedom in the late 1820s. After meeting Frederick Douglass and William Lloyld Garrison in New York City, Truth became an outspoken abolitionist. After the Civil War, she continued to speak on issues including prison reform, women’s rights, and aid for former slaves. Following her death in 1883, she was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek.

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W.K. Kellogg
Will Keith Kellogg is best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company. Kellogg was also a  Seventh Day Adventist, a vegetarian, and an Arabian horse breeder. Following his death in 1951 at age 91, Kellogg was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek.
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W.K. Kellogg

Will Keith Kellogg is best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company. Kellogg was also a  Seventh Day Adventist, a vegetarian, and an Arabian horse breeder. Following his death in 1951 at age 91, Kellogg was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek.

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Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith
Famous as the guitarist for the Detroit rock band MC5, Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith later married fellow musician Patti Smith and settled in St. Clair Shores. In 2003, he was named in Rolling Stone’s list of the top 100 guitarists of all time. After his death in 1994, Smith was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
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Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith

Famous as the guitarist for the Detroit rock band MC5, Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith later married fellow musician Patti Smith and settled in St. Clair Shores. In 2003, he was named in Rolling Stone’s list of the top 100 guitarists of all time. After his death in 1994, Smith was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

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Rosa Parks
Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks moved to Detroit in the late 1950s, following her role in the historic Montgomery bus boycott. She worked as a secretary and receptionist in the congressional office of U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Later, Parks was a board member of Planned Parenthood. Following her death in 2005, she was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Rosa Parks

Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks moved to Detroit in the late 1950s, following her role in the historic Montgomery bus boycott. She worked as a secretary and receptionist in the congressional office of U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Later, Parks was a board member of Planned Parenthood. Following her death in 2005, she was buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.

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