GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The former co-owner of the Apartment Lounge in Grand Rapids has died.
Milt Lennox passed away Tuesday Sept. 29 following several bouts with pneumonia. Lennox had suffered from C.O.P.D., a disease of the lungs.
Lennox, along with his long-time partner Ed Ladner, owned the Apartment Lounge for 40 years. The couple sold it three years ago to the current owner and close friend Bob Johnson.
Johnson tells WZZM 13 it's really difficult accepting Milt is gone saying, "He was like a father to me."
Milt and Ed had been together for 51 years. Johnson says Lennox did smoke at one time but decades ago. It's assumed his C.O.P.D. was caused by years of working a smokey bar.
The Apartment Lounge is considered the state's oldest continually-operating LGBT bar.