Category: Passings

Memorials and obituaries for members of the community. They can be submitted by email to editor@greatlakesden.net or through our Submissions Page.

PASSINGS: Daddy Orchid

CHICAGO — Earlier this year, the Leather community lost the beloved and respected Daddy Orchid (Drea).  Daddy Orchid was a scholar, teacher, published author, and community patron whose quiet support and keen wisdom has at various times undergirded the lives and work of individuals and groups in the many outposts of the Leather world that…

PASSINGS: Si “Sly” Hands

CHICAGO — It is with a great sadness that we at Mr. International Rubber learned this morning of the sudden passing of Si “Sly” Hands, Mister International Rubber 2012. He was 33 years young. It’s hard to comprehend the vast number of people whose life he has impacted, but regardless of how they knew him…

PASSINGS: Ruty Mikael Arthur

TOLEDO — Ruty Mikael (Puls) Arthur, 46, formerly of Minneapolis, entered the summerland on February 16, 2017, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, after a battle with cancer. He was born July 3, 1970 in Mankato, Minn. He married Andrew “Jake” Arthur in Toledo, Ohio, on February 8, 2016. Ruty was an out and proud transman.…

Alan Penrod Passes

ATLANTA – News came across Facebook and social media that Alan Penrod of Atlanta, International LeatherSir 2011, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 14, of natural causes. The news came through a post on Alan’s Facebook page, posted by his husband Nitro Hankinson: ***This message is being posted by Nitro Hankinson**** This message is coming from myself…

Passings: Eric Lawrence, 1944 – 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE – Eric Lawrence, a fixture of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Leather Communities, and co-founder of LeatherWerks left this life surrounded by friends and family peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013 after a long, courageous and graceful battle with cancer. Born Larry Gene Troutfetter on October 10, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa son…