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Donald R. Lavender went home to be with the Lord on June 20th, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born to parents Jesse and Mamye Arenz Lavender in Lowell, Illinois, on February 20th, 1924. Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and married Thelma BuSteed on September 25th, 1948. While raising three boys, he was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and worked at Libby Owen's Ford Company in Naplate, IL until retirement. He was a member of the American Legion Post #33, serving as Post Commander, active member of the Honor Guard and member of the Boys State Selection Committee. Don loved his wife, family and the Lord and will be remembered for his bright blue eyes and his kind heart. The special songs, phrases and stories will live on in Lavender generations to come. Don is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Thelma Lavender and son, Steve Lavender and daughter in law Melanie Sandrolini Lavender; siblings, Muriel Smith and Jean Donnelly. He is survived by his two sons, Tom Lavender and wife Belinda, Jeff Lavender and wife June, and 9 grandchildren, Mike, Jessica, Bryan, Caitlin, Blake and his wife Libby, Clair and her husband Kenny Hicks, Sara, Mary, Emily and 2 great-granddaughters, Abigail and Emma Lavender; siblings, Jack Lavender, Bob Lavender and wife Marge and Corrine French and husband Taylor. A Memorial Service will take place in celebration of the life of Donald Lavender at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 2nd at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 3909 Harry Wurzbach Hwy. in San Antonio, TX.
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Published in Express-News on June 30, 2013