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In Memory of Edward N. Nakfour

Edward N. Nakfoor, 94 of Troy died July 24.
Born in Lansing December 28, 1918.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Nakfoor served as a captain in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific on Green Island, Bougainville Island, Philippines and Guadalcanal.

He was one of the first male flight attendants – for a brief time after the war - for Eastern Airlines and tended bar at his brother and uncle’s nightclub, The Manhattan, in Lansing.

He worked for the Michigan Department of Corrections for 43 years where he served as its Regional Administrator (Region 1) for two decades before retiring in 1993.

"My dad was the king of quips," said his son, Ed Nakfoor, a Birminghambased public relations and retail consultant. "Always something clever to say. Words of wisdom without being preachy. And he endorsed my use of 'and' at the beginning of a sentence; he used this stylistic technique often. It makes writing more conversational I think. And I think of him when I use it.”

He visited the gym three days a week until this past February, said his son, and treated friends who no longer drove to casino and lunch outings.

"Of course his generosity is what I remember, what I appreciate, what I respect most ... Of time, money, spirit ... .”

"I’ll miss most our spirited debates. He would always say, exacerbated, when we didn’t agree (and when he was, mostly, correct), ‘Edward, it must be very difficult for you being a perfect person in an imperfect world.’”

In addition to his son, Mr. Nakfoor is survived by wife Lillian of 53 years, Denise (Tom) Atto of Bloomfield Hills, Susan (Dr. Bruce) Hulscher of Birmingham and five grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a private memorial at a later date.

Donations may be made in his name to Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or hospice services or geriatric care at Beaumont Hospital (Beaumont Foundation, 3711 W. 13 Mile, Royal Oak, MI 48073).

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Published on July 31st, 2013

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