Mack Hethorn

Age 89, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away December 1, 2018.  Born July 28, 1929, to Lewis and Nora (Hayes) Hethorn.  He graduated from Eastern High School and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Wright (1949 – 1952).

Mack retired from the Lansing Fire Department after nearly 29 years of service.  On February 1, 1980, he married Marjory A. (Haight) Rogers and his family grew from 4 children to 9.  He enjoyed fishing, card games, golf and travel.  He and Marjory spent many years splitting their time between Blue Lake, MI, and New Port Richey, FL.

He is survived by daughters Lisa (Bobbi) Hethorn, Hollie (Steve) McCafferty, son Paul Hethorn, extended family Jim Rogers, David Rogers, Rhonda (Gary) Lewis, Ann Rogers, Patty Mitchell, sister-in-law Judy (Larry) Litterst, 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marjory, parents Lewis and Nora, son Gregory, and sisters Carlene (Pat) Crossett and Lucille (Larry) Chapman.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Delta Center Cemetery, 7301 W. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing, MI.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mack to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Dennis Mitchell
December 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family members. The good times with Marge & Mack at Blue Lake will live on forever in my mind . Those were great times for Patty,Ryan and I . The memories of the tubing, jet skis , and especially the float parade contest are very special to me . Mack was a great man with high integrity and I am grateful that I had him in my life.

Thanks ,

Dennis Mitchell

Ren Vande Guchte
December 3, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Mack was a great guy, I am so thankful he was a part of my life. He was an advocate for my business, a mentor, and a close friend. I will miss him terribly.

Angela Brya
December 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Heartfelt prayers go out to your family. My parents were next door neighbors of Mack and Marge on Blue Lake for many years. So many cherished memories. He will be missed.

Kind Regards, Greg & Angie Brya

December 4, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Mack is a great man, neighbor and friend. We love his laugh. We had many fun times and travels with he and Marge. Give your sweet and loving Marge a hug for us. Love, Tom & Karen Chesnut

Connie Green
December 5, 2018 at 9:17 am

I first met Mack in 1972 when he was a fireman and good friend of Don Parks(my guy). We had lots of fun times over the years, especially after he met & married Marge. We both bought places on Blue Lake, I have many fond memories. RIP, Mack–I love you.

Bill Bruegger
December 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

An honorable loyal man with the utmost character. I will always admire him for the things he did. Bob, Pat, Marge and MAC are all together again. Oh, how I would love to be at that reunion.

December 6, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Mack was a close fried. We traveled with them many miles in our RV coaches. Stayed in touch years after retirement. Recently flew to Lansing in Sept for the firefighters banquet. Mack picked me up at the airport, and dropped me off. We always paled around every summer when I traveled to mich. Mack was a good kindhearted guy, always a smile, a great friend, and I will miss him Rest in peace.

LuAnn Sellers Gibbs
December 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm

I had the honor and pleasure to be your caregiver and “adopted daughter” for the 2 years and 2 months that I took care of you! You became a 2nd dad, trusted confidant, and very dear friend! You took me into your life as another daughter “forever”! I so enjoyed our little day trips. They were so much fun. I miss you everyday, and I miss talking to you on the phone! You will always be the “Young man, as I called you; I will always be the “old woman” as you called me. I’ll keep the birds fed, but I won’t watch Fox and Friends!! Much love, LuAnn “My” Gibbs

Theresa Maier
December 12, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Mack was a special man and a rock for the family. I admired, respected and feared him as much as I did my own dad. It was so evident how much he loved Marge and their love is an inspiration to me even today. Now they can be together again. My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of this beautiful man.

Bobbi Hethorn
December 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

The most loving, caring, intelligent man I’ve had the privilege of allowing into my life. I really enjoyed our conversation. You shared your wisdom with me. I am grateful for that. I enjoyed your humor especially when I finally figured it out. You loved unconditionally and always forgiving. I am blessed to have known and loved the best man ever. You will be missed and thought of often.

Nancy Sellers
December 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Mack and my brother John Allen were friends starting grade school, lived on the same street and shared kid adventures even joined the Navy together. Mack was always a good fellow from a nice family. Rest in peace Mack. Nancy Sellers

Carl Hufnagel
April 19, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Mack & Marg were good friends, I first worked with Mack in 1958. After we retired we golfed, motor homed & took a trip to Hawaii with them. We have many fond memories of both.
Glad we were at the last F/M breakfast & had a chance to visit with Mack. RIP Mack.

Lori Darlington
April 25, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Im so sorry for your loss.
Mack was such a wonderful, and kind man. He is loved dearly by his family, and friends.

Eugene L Bonofiglo
October 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm

I live in Grand Rapids and just attended the January 1948 class luncheon and was informed of Mack’s passing. We grew up together as I lived on Dakin St.We were very close friends along with Harold Kostoff, who has also passed. I am sorry I never met his family, but at last years reunion he spoke of them. I will miss him at our reunions. He was a very special person.
Eugene Bonofiglo


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