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Richard Alan Lavender

May 12, 1945 - January 07, 2021



Richard Alan Lavender of Cadillac passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital. He was 75.

Dick was born May 12, 1945 in Roswell, New Mexico to Ray Albert and Melba I. (Woods) Lavender and they preceded him in death.

Dick was known as “The Phone Guy” to many. He worked in the telephone communication industry for over 50 years. In the beginning of his career he worked at Continental Telephone in Illinois then owned and operated the Phone Shoppe in Cadillac for over 30 years.

He loved spending time outdoors and loved working in his yard. In his younger years Dick enjoyed snowmobiling. Dick loved to tell stories and never met a stranger. He loved cars of all kinds and enjoyed car shows. In the summer he was a regular at the Culver’s Cruise night.

In 1978 he married Debra S. Miller and she survives him along with his three children: Michelle Lavender, Rich Jr. (Jill) Lavender all of Illinois, Pat (Erin) Lavender of McBain; grandchildren: Amanda, Joseph, Maddox, Madelyn, Makayla, Bella and Kenzie and one great-grandchild, Audriana.

In addition to his parents Dick was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Lavender.

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.

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  • Bonnie and Larry Bouza - Jan 8th, 2021 1:40 pm

    "Deb and family- Know that you are lifted up in our prayers. Pray that you feel Gods peace and comfort during this difficult time. Dick was so talented and always took a minute to talk-no matter how busy he was. He will be missed."

  • Tracy Winkle - Jan 8th, 2021 3:03 pm

    "So sorry for your loss! Your dad was a good man and will be missed!! Praying for you guys!"

  • Dianna Haines - Jan 8th, 2021 3:04 pm

    "Deb, Patrick and family. I’m so sorry to see that Dick passed away🥲. He was such a great guy and would always go out of his way to help anyone. He was funny and sweet. I always enjoyed working with him when he installed our phone systems at the bank years ago He’ll be missed by you all and by so many others My thoughts and prayers are with you all🥲🙏🙏"

  • Spencer & LaVonneda - Jan 8th, 2021 3:38 pm

    "Had the pleasure of Linda earlier this week, She is a wonderful woman! Nicole is a remarkable young niece whom is married to our nephews Cory, & their sons! Sorry for loss, may they have peace with the Lord."

  • Denise B - Jan 8th, 2021 5:58 pm

    "So very sad to hear of Dick's passing. Many prayers to Deb and his family. He was so personable and friendly and I always enjoyed chatting with Dick and Deb at the grocery store. He was such a good people person and always asked how my mom was doing as she worked with Deb for a long time. Will miss Dick's sense of humor and professional wisdom. So sorry for your loss."

  • Joe Call-Signalcom - Jan 9th, 2021 7:40 am

    "Myself and Dick worked in the same industry and ended up running our own telco-data companies selling like products. We talked often helping each other solve problems related to our craft and then became good friends. Dick became like a big brother to me and he was always honest and just a joy to know,,how I will miss him....and he loved his family very much."

  • Jo Christensen - Jan 9th, 2021 8:50 am

    "Goodbye my dear friend. You will be so missed by so many. Bob and I enjoyed all our reunions and will treasure those memories. Deb - our love to you and your family. God Bless you. As a fellow native Roswell native, you made Roswell a better place. JJ"

  • Kathy and Kevin Lytle - Jan 9th, 2021 9:34 am

    "So sorry to hear of Dick’s sudden passing. He was just in our office to do some phone work, and sat down for a little chat like he always did. He was always happy, friendly and genuinely interested in what was going on in our lives. We always knew him as “the phone guy” but became friends as Patrick and our Kertis played in sports together. He so very much loved his family and we’d share grandkids stories whenever we saw one another. He will be missed and our heartfelt condolences go out to you Deb, Patrick and family. Know that many prayers are being sent up on your behalf at this tough time. "

  • Maureen Loper - Jan 9th, 2021 11:16 am

    "Years ago I worked for Horizon Books and this very lovely man would come in every morning and order his hot cocoa. What a gracious and kind man Dick was. Laura and I certainly enjoyed our chats with him. I loved listening to him banter with the other morning customers. I enjoyed running into him throughout the years, particularly at the downtown car shows. I wish you peace of mind and spirit. "

  • Melissa Sjogren - Jan 9th, 2021 5:12 pm

    "Shock and saddness to read of Dick's death. I have many memories of delightful conversations with him when he would stop by your office. It was always a brighter day to bump into the two of you at the Art Festival. You are in my thoughts. May you find comfort as time goes on through this time of grief."

  • Tony and Terri Colasacco - Jan 10th, 2021 6:34 am

    "Very Sorry to hear of Dick's passing! My condolences to you and your family. God Bless you and keep you."

  • Ron & Linda Hamilton - Jan 10th, 2021 8:56 am

    "Deb and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed our coffee time together. He always gave me advise on repairing things and we laughed and joked with one another. We will greatly miss him. If we can help you with anything please call us. He was such a great person. "

  • John & Diane Dunbar - Jan 10th, 2021 4:49 pm

    "Debbie, Patrick and family We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad! He was a top-notch guy in every way and he truly did know a lot about practically everything! He never missed a chance to bring his kids and his grandkids into every conversation! He will be missed by one and all!"

  • Sara P Haskin - Jan 11th, 2021 10:55 am

    "All of us at Lakeside Title are deeply saddened by Dick's passing. We will miss him, our thoughts and prayers to his family at this most difficult time. Sara, Erica, Karissa, Kenzie, Sandy, Lorie and Dave."

  • Sue Tabor Mitcham - Jan 12th, 2021 9:37 am

    "Richard was one of the kindest guys in our class. He always had a smile waiting for anyone he saw. I think everyone could have learned how to be a better person through Dickey and I hate I never told him so. I am very sorry for his family's loss."

  • Mary L. Marois - Jan 12th, 2021 6:39 pm

    "Deb and family. I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. What a loss for your family and the community. He must have been so proud of all of you. I pray that you all will find peace. Deb, I am here if you need me. Let me know if there is any thing that I can do. Sending hugs. "

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