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  • ID: ind10598
  • Name: Henry FONDE
  • Given Name: Henry
  • Nickname: Hank
  • Surname: Fonde
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 JAN 1924 in Knoxville, TN
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  • Death: 03 MAY 2009
  • Age: 85y 3m 20d in Plymouth, Wayne Co., MI
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    b. Knoxville, TN; 1930 US Federal Census, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN; res. South Lyon, MI; res. Northville, MI; res. Farmington, MI; SSDI d. Plymouth, Wayne Co., MI; 1945 University of Michigan Football Team - right halfback >> <<

    [Fonde Named Michigan Aide - Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan 16, 1959 (AP) - The University of Michigan hired Henry (Hank) Fonde, Ann Arbor High School footbal coach today. Fonde will handle the backfield under the university's new head coach, and Fonde's one-time Michigan teammate, Chalmers W. (Bump) Elliott. NY Times, Jan 17, 1959], [Hank began coaching football for Ann Arbor High in 1949. He coached for ten years and his teams won 69 games, lost six and tied four. He won nine 6-A league titles. His teams had four perfect seasons and three seasons without defeat but a tie. Hank was a starting halfback for the University of Michigan and earned three letters for football. He also earned his Masters degree in the process. Born January 13, 1924, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Hank attended Staunton Military Academy and earned All-State honors. Fonde also served in the Navy. He is married and the father of four children: Karen, Charles, Mark and Julia.]

    [Former U-M football player/coach Henry Fonde dies - Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 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 the age of 85 early Sunday morning of complications brought on by Alzheimer's disease. 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. 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 1949-1958, 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 Bo 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." Seth Gordon can be reached at or 734-994-6108.]

    [Hank Fonde passed away May 3rd 2009 at the age of 85 years. He was a graduate of U of M School of Engineering and Masters in Education. Head football coach at Ann Arbor High School & Assistant football coach at U of M. Owner and operator of the Stretch & Sew Fabric Store in Farmington Hills for many years. He is survived by his children: our class of '67 member, Karen (Joel Thurtell) Fonde, Chuck (Linda) Fonde, Mark (Stacey) Fonde, Julia (Max) Davis and Anne (Bill) Potter, his grandchidren: Adam, Abe, Ben, Megan, Rachel, Hayley, Beck, Chelsea, Danielle, Regin and William. He was predeceased by his wife Edith and grandchild AAron. Visitation was Thursday May 7th at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W Ann Arbor Road (btwn Sheldon & Beck) Plymouth. The Funeral was Friday May 8th at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Main, Northville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Alzheimer's Association . To leave a message of condolence, log on to www. The above obituary was excerpted from the obituary published in Ann Arbor News on on 5/5/2009]

    Father: Charles Henry FONDE b: 28 JUL 1891 in Mobile, AL
    Mother: Rhea Habersham KING b: 18 DEC 1892 in Anniston, GA

    Marriage 1 Edith Helga JENSEN b: 20 OCT 1923 in Lansing, Ingham Co., MI
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