Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags in honor of former Sen. Alvin DeGrow

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lansing, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, June 8, in recognition of former State Sen. Alvin DeGrow, who died Thursday, June 2.

“Alvin spent the majority of his life serving our state and country, and I commend his service,” Snyder said. “I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and community.”

DeGrow was elected to the Michigan Senate in 1968 and served 14 years before retiring in 1982. Prior to being a senator, DeGrow served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and owned the Ben Franklin Store in Pigeon, Michigan. Following his time in the Michigan Legislature, DeGrow worked at a Lansing lobbying firm and retired in 1989 after seven years at the firm.

The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Pigeon located at 7102 E. Michigan Ave.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Thursday, June 9.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.