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Donald Victor DeFord

Lincoln Township Police Department

March 14, 1988


Officer Donald DeFord was called to handle a traffic accident during his shift on March 13, 1988, and while writing out the report in his squad car, he suffered a stroke.  The officer was taken to Mercy-Memorial Hospital in St. Joseph but sadly passed away at 6:00AM on March 14, 1988.

Donald Victor DeFord was born on October 6, 1927 in Greentown, Indiana and had been with the Lincoln Township Police Department for 15 years.  He also owned and operated DeFord's Tile Service in Stevensville from 1953 to 1973.  His body was laid to rest in the Lincoln Township Cemetery, Stevensville, Michigan.


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