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Michigan man dies, the day after the event to celebrate his life

  • In this photo taken July 22, 2002, Wayne Creelman, left, gives his view on a question if Bob Eleveld are listening one of the GVSU Eberhardt Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Eleveld, 80, published his own obituary and planned his own memorial service after the cessation of treatment of cancer. He announced that he will host a “celebration of life” open house on Saturday 18 March 2017, instead of a funeral. (Yuli Wu/Grand Rapids Press via AP)

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  • In this undated photo, from left to right, Marty Allen,Bob Eleveld, and R. T. Brown pose for a photo in Grand Rapids, Mich. Eleveld, 80, published his own obituary and planned his own memorial service after the cessation of treatment of cancer. He announced that he will host a “celebration of life” open house on Saturday 18 March 2017, instead of a funeral. (Dianne Carroll-Burdick/the Grand Rapids Press via AP)

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  • In this undated photo, Grand Rapids lawyer Bob Eleveld speaks during the first meeting of the Men of the Alliance for Progress in Aquinas College by kretschmer Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Mich. Eleveld, 80, published his own obituary and planned his own memorial service after the cessation of treatment of cancer. He announced that he will host a “celebration of life” open house on Saturday 18 March 2017, instead of a funeral. (Noel Webley II/the Grand Rapids Press via AP)

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A lawyer from Michigan and Republican activist has died a day after hundreds of people responded to the published invitation to attend an open house in honor of his life.

Bob Eleveld died on Sunday at age 80. He was too ill from cancer to attend the event on Saturday at a Grand Rapids-area golf club. The guests ate roast beef and shrimp and wrote messages that were delivered to Eleveld by family members.

His partner, Michelle McIsaac, says the reception met Eleveld needs. She says, “He went out with a bang.” A daughter, Kerry Eleveld, says that there is an “outpouring of love” in the room.

On March 12, Eleveld published his obituary and announced the open-house celebration in the Grand Rapids Press. His family called it a “no-bit” because he was still alive.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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