The first fatality associated with this tornado occurred at approximately 4:12 p.m. Mrs. Mari Gilman was killed when a tornado leveled the Norge Laundry and Dry Cleaning business at 1614 West Main Street. She apparently was suffocated when a wall fell onto her as she sought cover in a gully outside of the Laundromat. She had just been married on Saturday, May 10th. Mr. Francis Hardy was killed by a falling tree as he rode his motorcycle on South Rose Street near Bronson Park between 4:13 and 4:17 p.m. Mr. Hardy served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war. Mrs. Christina Wellington was killed when the rear wall of the six story Gilmore’s Department store building and a pedestrian bridge leading to a parking ramp behind the store collapsed. She was a sales representative for Payot Cosmetics company at Gilmore’s and was leaving the store when the disaster struck between 4:13 and 4:17 p.m. Mrs. Lucia McFall was also killed when the rear wall of the Gilmore’s Department store building collapsed between 4:13 and 4:17 p.m. She was a customer at the store and was a teacher for eighteen years at Ramona Lane Elementary School in Portage. She was a graduate of Hope College. Finally, Mr. Raymond Moyer was killed on Wynn Road in Comstock Township at about 4:20 p.m. as he was transferring fuel and loading a fuel truck and winds tossed him from the truck. The tornado lifted between King’s Highway and Comstock Avenue, in central Kalamazoo County just northwest of the village of Comstock, at 4:25 p.m.