Theodore “Ted” Lawson

Theodore “Ted” Lawson, born September 6th, 1960, passed away the afternoon of October 8th, 2023, at age 63. Heaven gained an angel, however his 2 granddaughters (Aurora Karr & Cassandra Kent), 2 daughters (Brittany & Heather Lawson), 2 brothers (Andy & Bradford Lawson), and his mother, Mary Jo Cordell (Lawson) lost their warrior.

Ted served his country in the United States Marine Corps before the birth of his daughters. He had been employed as a Journeyman Butcher with Meijer for the last 37 years, something he found he loved after serving his country. As well as at Meijer, he found a lot of pride in actively serving his community and was very well known for what he did. He was a major voting rights activist and was constantly involved in many efforts to educate the public about their voter rights, candidate stances, and their policies.

Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten.

The viewing will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 48933. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Tabernacle of David Church, 2645 W. Holmes Rd., Lansing, MI 48911. On Saturday, an additional viewing time from 12:00-1:00 p.m. will be available at the church, for anyone unable to be at the viewing on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ted’s memory to an online fundraiser set up by Walter Sorg through Go Fund Me or to Everytown for Gun Safety.

Online condolences may be left for his family at

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Charlie Odette
October 11, 2023 at 6:57 pm

So sorry to hear that my cousin, Teddy, is no longer with us physically. Fortunately, I have many fond memories of visits to the Lawson family home in nearby Yipsilanti, while growing up in Battle Creek, years ago. He was super intelligent, incredibly compassionate and possessed a charming whit. He’ll be missed by many to be sure.

Angela L Mathews
October 12, 2023 at 9:56 pm

Mr. Ted Lawson! Hero, warrior, Community Advocate, servant-leader, a person who loved everyone and was a helper to many no matter the righteous cause. You will be remembered. Never will you be forgotten. Your Legacy is cemented in the very fabric of Lansing! We will continue your work.

-Angela Mathews

Richard Baker
October 13, 2023 at 12:24 am

Ted demonstrated to us what a citizen is in a democracy. Ted cared what happened in the community and he cared what happened to the people in this community. The foundation of all of this was his commitment and allegiance to our constitution. Ted will be missed. How we honor his life is to make our commitment to pick up his staff and continue to work for the principles that Ted personified and worked for every day.

Cait Cavanagh
October 13, 2023 at 9:24 am

Ted spent hours of his free time teaching me– a stranger– the ropes of campaigning when I was a first-time candidate, simply because he believed in me. He selflessly stepped up to do the hard, but noble work of democracy. It’s impossible to calculate the breadth and depth of the impact of his advocacy on the people of mid-Michigan, including on people he would never meet. But those of us who worked with him or were championed by him will always remember him as unfailingly kind and extraordinarily good.

Brittany Lawson
October 14, 2023 at 11:29 am

Dad I love you so much and it hurts so much without you here. I will honor your memory as much as I can I promise.

Rose Rogers
October 16, 2023 at 9:27 am

So sorry for your loss prayers and love for you all

Nabendae Amunga
October 18, 2023 at 6:46 pm

My heart goes out to the Lawson family…Ted Lawson was a pillar and a warrior in the community. I am saddened that his life was cut short doing the VERY thing to help those in OUR community. Words cannot express what you maybe feeling or going through, but know my prayers are with you during this time…God Bless.

Dave Maron
October 20, 2023 at 11:21 am

So sorry for the loss of Ted. It was a pleasure to be a co-worker of his. I will miss his quiet humor and how humble he was. Prayers to his family.

Marlo dambrosio
January 15, 2024 at 3:00 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Ted. I have gotten to know him the last few years. And I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy and very passionate about his community and the Democratic Party. He was a fun person to be around. He loved music and his daughters! RIP


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