Thomas D. “Tom” Lavander, 69, passed away June 13, 2019

Thomas D. “Tom” Lavander, 69, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date in July. Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to First Church of God. Those wishing to sign Tom’s Memory book online may do so at

Tom was born June 29, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois to Herbert. & Shirley H. (Kupczyk) Lavander. He graduated from Glenbard High School in Lombard, IL, Class of 1967, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. On May 19, 1973, Tom married the former Elaine Sell in New Boston, MI. Tome joined Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, MI in 1973 and retired as Engineering Program Manager in 2002. Following retirement, Tom and Elaine moved to the shores of Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor. Tom had become very fond of Lake Michigan and it’s beaches in his early years as his family came to Southwest Michigan from Chicago to vacation.

Tom was a member of First church of God & Southwest Michigan Corvette Coventry. He had a love of cars for most of his life and enjoyed building model cars from kits. He was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan and enjoyed his annual vacations across the US and abroad with Elaine.

Tom is survived by his wife Elaine; his children-Michael T. Lavander of Westland, MI, Andrew J. Lavander of Hollywood, CA, Jessica (Eric) Lavander-Biggs of Livonia, MI; three grandchildren-Savanna Lavander, Evan & Cameron Biggs; his sister Jeannette Lavander of Eugene, OR; and numerous siblings, nieces & nephews of Elaine’s family. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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