William Lambert, 80 - December 22, 2013William “Bill” D. Lambert, 80, of Conifer, CO, formerly of Brady, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Swedish Hospital in Denver, CO.
His ashes will be interred later at the Brule Cemetery.
Lambert was born May 27, 1933, at McCook in Red Willow County, as the second son of Irvin Wayne and Clara Francis (Rowland) Lambert. He grew up at McCook, attending school and graduating from McCook High School in 1951. He then attended and graduated from McCook Junior College in 1953 with a degree in agriculture.
In 1953, he volunteered for a three-year commitment with the U.S. Army and reported to Omaha. From there, he completed his basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO, graduating from surveying school. He was assigned duties at the Mariana Islands in the Phillipines, Korea and Japan.
Following his service, he attended Kearney State Teacher’s College where he received a degree in industrial arts in 1959, and earned a master’s degree in 1965.
Lambert’s interest in sports allowed him to play football at McCook High School and Junior College where he played center on the 1958 KSTC championship team.
While attending college, he met Jean Marie Frates, and later proposed to her on the 50 yard line during their 1957 Homecoming. The couple were united in marriage on Aug. 3, 1958, at Brule. After graduation, he and his wife moved to Brady where they both taught school and he coached the high school football team.
In 1962, Lambert moved to Conifer, CO, where he taught technical arts at West Jefferson Junior High School until his retirement in 1992. During his teaching career, he coached football and basketball. However, his passion was coaching track and field where he produced many successful teams.
Throughout his life, he fondly recalled with pride the many talented athletes he coached and especially enjoyed visits from former students during his retirement years, according to family members.
Lambert’s passionate hobby was wood turning and spent hours at the wood lathe. He produced many beautiful lamps, bowls and vases from native Aspen wood, and was especially known for the thousands of Christmas snowmen he produced that were sent all over the world, the family said.
He was involved with Troop 400 BSA at Conifer Community Church for as long as his two sons were involved. The pride he carried with him was that both sons received their Eagle Scout award, said family members. Spending time with the troop and camping at various sites, including sleeping in a snow bank as the boys received their Polar Bear award, which was indeed a happy time for him, family said. He was also so proud of his daughter Jennifer as she continued the family teaching tradition.
Lambert was involved with his church for many years serving as deacon, on the building committee and spending many donated hours with hammer and nail as additions went up. He loved hunting, camping, fishing and stamp collecting, according to family members, but his greatest love was spending time with family and friends, and following his beloved Nebraska Cornhusker football team.
He was proceeded in death by: his parents, I.W. Lambert and Clara (Rowland); brother, Gary.
Survivors include: his wife, Jean of Conifer; sons—Alan (Patty) of Rifle, CO, and Jon of Conifer; his daughter, Jennifer (Michael Blackwell); granddaughters—Grace and Ellie Blackwell of Littleton, CO.
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