Cleo Harlan Cherryholmes, 74, of Haslett, Mich., passed away peacefully in his home among family and friends on Thursday, April 18, 2013, after a long, courageous bout with cancer. He was preceded in death (2006) by his cherished wife Mary Alice (Kremer Conn), whose sparkle and warmth so enriched his life. He is survived by his beloved daughter Diana Cherryholmes, son Tim Cherryholmes, step-son Chris (Kristen) Conn, grandchildren Ayla Rose and Merrick Holmes Conn, sister Elenor Joy Lambing, and his extended Kremer family for whom he had great love and affection. In addition to his wife, Mary Alice, Cleo was preceded in death by his parents Harlan Lyall and Cecil (Milbourn) Cherryholmes and sister Deloris Ella Mae (Cherryholmes) Kennedy.
Cleo was born Dec. 28, 1938, in El Dorado, and raised on the family farm near Latham. After graduating from high school in El Dorado, Cleo received a scholarship to Yale where he earned his B.A. degree in 1960. He subsequently earned his M.S. degree from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, in 1963 and his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1966. In 2003 Cleo retired as Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University after thirty-seven years of teaching in both the Departments of Teacher Education and Political Science.
Cleo loved to debate, study, travel, listen to good music, and make his views on the national political landscape known to all who would listen. His passing will leave a hole in the heart of everyone who knew him.
The family received friends for a Memorial Service at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River, East Lansing on Monday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity or Capital Area Food Bank in his memory.