Neil Vande Vord, Jr. passed away on April 12, 2018, in his home with family present. Neil was born and raised in Kalamazoo. He graduated from Western Michigan University and worked for Michigan State University for 37 years in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Neil was a former Kalamazoo County Commissioner, and served on the Kalamazoo Economic Development Council. He also was a member of the Pioneer Civitan Club of Lansing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Alice Vande Vord. Neil is survived by his wife Virginia, son Todd (Pamela) Vande Vord, daughter Debra (Stephen) Owel, and grandsons Nicholas Owel, Tyler Vande Vord, and Trevor Vande Vord.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 48933. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 564 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or the Civitan International Research Center, P.O. Box 130744, Birmingham, AL 35213-1983.