Winston C. Dancer
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Winston C. Dancer (Win), 97 passed away peacefully May 9, 2014. Born April 30, 1917 in Stockbridge, MI to William G. and Winalee Dancer. Win was raised in Stockbridge, graduated from Stockbridge High School and went on to attend MSU and Cleary College. He became involved in the family clothing business (Dancer's Fashions) and moved to Bronson, MI to manage store #5 where he met and married his wife of 69 years Jean Hoopingarner.
Together they had three children: sons Douglas (Luanne) and Dennis (Kira) and (pre-deceased) daughter Sue (Dick) who all reside in Mason to this day. He is survived by 9 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild who affectionately call him "Chief". Win was predeceased by his parents and his brother William J. Dancer (Betty), sister Patricia Frew (Jim), daughter Sue Ann Breedveld (Dick), and his wife, Jean who passed in 2009.
Win and family moved to Mason in 1954 and purchased Schmidts Dept. Store at the corner of Maple and Jefferson Sts. in Mason. Win was President of the 32-store Dancer's Fashions clothing store chain until 1986 and stayed involved with his many business ventures until the day he died. Win was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason and a director of Mason State Bank for 25 years. He was a member of the Mason Kiwanis Club since 1954 and served as its President. He was an avid bowler, golfer, tennis player and bridge player. He loved all sports especially The Spartans, and most of all he loved his family. Those wishing to make a contribution may do so in memory of Winston to the Kiwanis Club of Mason Foundation, PO Box 271, Mason, MI 48854.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.
The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason, MI. On-line condolences may be made at www.grbdmason.com
Published in Lansing State Journal from May 11 to May 18, 2014