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L. Michael Lavender M.D., Ph.D.

Service Date: April 11, 2021
Interment Info: Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory
Service Info: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Service Info
  1. Michael Lavender M.D.,Ph.D., 72, of Newport, KY, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY.  Michael was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 16, 1949 to the late Louis L. and Hazel Marie (Hornsby) Lavender.  During his life, Michael had many accomplishments.  He was an undergraduate of University of Cincinnati, obtained his Master’s degree from University of Dayton, PhD from University of Louisville, and M.D. from Oral Roberts University.  Michael practiced obstetrics and gynecology for more than forty year in Columbus, Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Belfast, Maine.  He was a well-respected surgeon amongst his peers and well loved amongst the staff and the community.   He was also a published author and a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ft. Thomas.  Michael was a devoted family man and is survived by his wife Leslie Miles Lavender, sons Eli and Asher Lavender, stepdaughters Casey Spinks and Carly Whitaker, and five grandchildren.  A memorial mass will take place on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Memorial contributions can be sent to IFCJ (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) 30 North LaSalle St. Suite 4300 Chicago, IL 60602-2584 (IFCJ.Org).  Online condolences can be made at
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

3 Chalfonte Place
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
Phone: 859-441-1092

Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory

Address: 30 Commonwealth Avenue Erlanger, KY - Kentucky 41018
12:00 am - 12:00 am

L. Michael Lavender M.D., Ph.D.


Medical school classmate

Pam and I just learned of Michael’s passing. He was such a great friend during medical school. We are so happy to hear of Michael’s witness for Jesus throughout the decades that have passed. Thank you Michael for your strong faith. David Pitcher

Thinking of You

“A life that touches the hearts ❤ of others lives on forever…..”
So sorry for your loss dear friend.
Susan Pitts Berns

Deepest sympathy.

I am so very sorry to hear of Michael’s death. He was a kind, generous man, and a wonderful neighbor. South Cape won’t be the same without him. You have my deepest sympathy.
Carol Miller

Always Kind, Always Positive, Always Smiled…..

In the many years I worked with Dr. Lavender at WCGH, at the Women and Infant’s Health Care Unit, he never hesitated to smile, offer kind works to staff and patients, and think positively about every situation we were in. We missed you when you left us, Dr. Lavender, and will miss you even more knowing you won’t pop in some day to say “hello…”at least not on this plain….Peace be with your family….Debra Porter, RN

Dear Friend

Leslie, My heart is heavy as I learn about Michael. I am so very sorry for the loss of such a loving, kind person. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Moss

Co worker

Leslie and Family, sending condolences on Dr. Lavenders passing. He was a sweet kind soul. He always made me smile when he came by to go into ‘baby land’ at WCGH. Hold your memories close and know you are in our prayers.
Holly Emerson

From a former patient

I am so sorry to her of Dr. Lavender’s passing. He was a wonderful doctor and I’ve missed him ever since he left WCGH.

A wonderful kind coworker and physician

I’m sad to hear of Dr.Lavender’s passing. My time working with him at Waldo County General Hospital was a great experience. He was a true friend and believer in midwifery, and for that I will always have the fondest memories.
Sincere condolences,
Stephanie Cole

My Friend and Colleague

Deeply saddened by the news of Mike’s passing. He always seemed so joyful, and that’s the way I will remember him. Greatly enjoyed our time together at WCGH in Belfast. Our prayers go out to Leslie and Family.
Tom Jones

Delightful person with a beautiful spirit

I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s sudden passing. He was a remarkable person who had tremendous passion for people and scripture. I will always remember being amazed with his knowledge as he taught us about Jesus and the bible–his highly informed interpretation and insights forever deepened my faith. He undoubtedly made the world a better place and will be greatly missed. -Alice Gabbard

Friend of Mike

My sympathy to you Leslie. My heart aches for you. Mike was always a joy to be around. A smile and a hug was how he said hello. He will be missed.
Love you, Mary “Lou” Kordenbrock


Dr. Michael Lavender was the most inspirational friend I ever knew. It was so appropriate that Mike brought hundreds of lives into the world, an even more remarkable that he brought life into my world when I met him at the age of 25, which was 48 years ago. He was the best. He is with God and we have beautiful memories of a wonderful man. Deepest Sympathy to you Leslie. Love, Tom Kordenbrock

Michael Lavender

We were so sorry to hear of Michael’s death. Our prayers are with the family in this sad time. If there’s anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Love and God bless,
Wayne and Cherie Hammond

Sympathy to Mike’s family from Pam Treas

I was his first office employee when he opened his practice at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. I loved working for him many years. He was a wonderful doctor who truly loved his patients . Mike was an excellent Bible teacher who spoke at my church several times. His presence will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. REST IN PEACE.

Sincere Sympathy from the Neals

Sincere sympathy to the Lavender family. Mike was a fantastic neighbor, always upbeat and friendly with a zest for life! He will be missed.

Holmes High School Class of 1967

Sorry to hear of Mikes passing. The class has made a donation to IFJC.Org in Michaels name.

From a colleague

Mike was an excellent physician. I worked with him at Ohio state and in Nky. We had an opportunity to discuss cases, operate together, and also get to be friends. He truly loved his family and this community. He was a wonderful person and doctor. We will all miss him greatly. Sherif Awadalla MD

My Brother, my colleague, my business partner (Befast)

There could never be a kinder heart than the heart of this man. Mikes passing is truly one of our greatest losses. God needed him in heaven.. Rest in Peace with the Lord……..
Never Forgotten…my dear friend!
Love from your brother …..Carl Pillitteri MD

Condolences from the Preston Family

I remember when we moved in 1986 to Northern KY, I needed to find an obstetrician as I was 8 months pregnant with our third child. Not knowing anyone, I asked the nursing staff at St, E if they had any recommendations. Dr. Lavender’s name was at the top of the list. He had just started his practice and agreed to take me as a patient and our son Greg, was his “first official” delivery. My husband, Steve, discovered during my labor that Mike was a huge Ohio State football fan. Both of them bonded through their love of football and Mike was recruited to help coach the youth NKY team. We became friends and enjoyed dining together and sharing wine. We were introduced to Leslie and and the friendship continued to grow. I know In my heart that Mike felt blessed to have such a special lady in his life. They were meant to be together. Mike loved life and was such a kind man. My condolences and continued prayers to Leslie and family.

St Luke Physicians for Woman family

Dr. Lavender was an absolute joy to work with. I’ll never forget the years working in clinic with him. The contagious smile, the laughter, the hallway Tai Kwan doe, the shenanigans. Yet the care for his patients and surgical skill set him apart. He was well loved by all and will never be forgotten. You will always be in the hearts of every patient, medical assistant, front office assistant, manager, hospital nurses and staff not to mention your physician colleagues. Fly high with the angels dear Dr. Lavender. You’re memory will live on in all who knew you!!!!

My sympathies to the family

Dr Lavender delivered my last child in 1994 and then I worked with him at St Luke’s. Liked him very much and his patients did too! He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers to all of you.