The men are walking from Benzonia to Hartland where they were expected to wind up the walk on Thursday.
Dean is retired after 41 years as a teacher at North Farmington High School. Duane retired from the Farmington Hills Police Department. He was the Liaison Offi cer at North Farmington High School.
That’s where the two men got to know each other and the two have now been close friends for about 20 years, said Dean’s wife Sue Cobb.
Dean has a special reason for this “walk,” which was outlined in a press release about the event. In October of 2009, Adam Tupa, Dean and Sue Cobb’s son-in-law, committed suicide leaving behind a wife and two young daughters.
He also left behind his parents, Ron and Kathy; his grandparents, Robert and Jeanette Pierson; sister Jeanine, brothers, Eric and Aaron, his brothers-in-law, Dennis, Dan, and Chris, and sister-in-law Amy; as well as the Pierson/Tupa/Cobb/ McLean/Nagy families. He also left behind his friends
and co-workers at Detroit Diesel; a group of people he adored.
Many lives were never the same again because of this one man’s drastic actions.
In June of 2011, Dean retired from North Farmington High School after 41 years of teaching, vowing to help others affected by suicide or affected by thoughts of suicide. And now with the support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Out of the Darkness, he is keeping his word and with friend Duane has now nearly completed the 224-mile walk from Benzonia to Hartland. They are walking approximately 20-miles every day and were hoping that others would join them along the way to share their stories, support the cause monetarily, or walk for some quiet moments to reflect upon their loved one. It really is a small world. Sue reported that Wednesday between Williamston and Howell, a driver pulled over to wish them well and tell them he had seen them walking through Farwell, where he was from.
Ten hotels/motels along the route and ten restaurants have provided accommodations for them each night. On September 19, they stayed at the Doherty Hotel in Clare.
Anyone who wished to, was encouraged to join the walk. The walk is a fundraiser too. Those who wish can make donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or the Out of the Darkness Walks (check Team Tupa) at www. afsp.com. Also, you can check out their Facebook
page or follow Dean and Duane’s walk on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CobbandFox.