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Henry Fonde
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1924
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Death: May 3, 2009
South Lyon
Oakland County
Michigan, USA

ANN ARBOR NEWS, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 5, 2009, page A8, obituary

Fonde, Henry - South Lyon, Michigan - Age 85, died May 3, 2009.

Beloved husband of the late Edith. Loving father of Karen (Joel Thurtell) Fonde, Chuck (Linda) Fonde, Mark (Stacey) Fonde, Julia (Max) Davis and Anne (Bill) Potter. Proud grandfather of Adam, Abe, Ben, Megan, Rachel, Hayley, Beck, Chelsea, Danielle, Regin, William and the late Aaron. Proud great-grandfather of Grace and Henry.

Graduate of University of Michigan School of Engineering and Masters in Education. Head football coach at Ann Arbor High School & Assistant football coach at University of Michigan. Owner and operator of the Stretch & Sew Fabric Store in Farmington Hills for many years. Visitation Thursday 4-9 p.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W Ann Arbor Road (between Sheldon & Beck) Plymouth. Funeral Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Main, Northville.


ANN ARBOR NEWS, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 6, 2009, page B1

Former University of Michigan great, Henry Fonde dies at 85

He also coached Ann Arbor High football team

The Ann Arbor News

Former University of Michigan football player and coach Henry Fonde, who also coached the Ann Arbor High School football team for 10 years, died at 85 early Sunday of complications brought on by Alzheimer's disease.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Fonde came to the University of Michigan in 1944 as part of the Navy's V-12 program and studied engineering while contributing to the strong Wolverines football teams of the mid-to-late '40s.

Known to many as Hank, Fonde's highlights as a player included scoring the lone touchdown in Michigan's 7-3 victory over Ohio State in 1945 and tossing a 45-yard touchdown pass in the 49-0 win over Southern California in the 1948 Rose Bowl.

Fonde compiled a 69-6-4 record (with four of his losses coming in his final season) coaching the Pioneers from 1949-58, after which he joined Bump Elliott's staff at Michigan.

"It still amazes me how many people know the name 'Fonde', and it's because of him," Fonde's son, Chuck, said. "He made such a mark in this community, both through Ann Arbor High School and the University of Michigan. A lot of people knew him; a lot of people loved him."

Fonde remained on the staff at Michigan through the 1968 season and became an academic advisor for the football team when Bo Schembechler replaced Elliott in 1969.

"I just remember him being one of the nicest gentleman I've ever met in my life," said longtime Michigan assistant Jerry Hanlon, who arrived on campus with Schembechler in 1969. "He was that kind of a person. He had everybody's best interest at heart. The players loved him, and when he decided to leave Michigan as academic advisor, I thought it was a big loss."

A visitation for Fonde will be held on Thursday from 4-9 p.m. at the Vermeulen Funeral Home, located at 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth, followed by a funeral service at First Presbyterian Church in Northville at 11 a.m. Friday. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Henry Fonde (1891 - 1974)
  Rhea Habersham King Fonde (1892 - 1997)
 
 Siblings:
  Frances Habersham Fonde Brogan (1922 - 2009)*
  Henry Fonde (1924 - 2009)
  Rhea King Fonde Nathan (1930 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Cousins by the Dozens
Record added: Mar 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49725948
 

 
 
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