DEL NORTE — Lare “Bill” Lambert, 83 died September 24,2012 at Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado. He was born in Minot, North Dakota December 21,1928 to Dan and Ruth Lambert.
Bill grew up in Minot, North Dakota and was in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Explorer Air Scouts. From there they moved to Hawthorne, California when he was in ninth grade. After graduating from Leuzinger High School in 1946, he joined the Army and was stationed in Korea as a border guard to North Korea. After 1 1/2 years in the Army he went to Air Craft Mechanic School. He worked as an Air Craft Mechanic for two years in Minot, then 11 years in Northrop Aircraft in Hawthorne, California.
He married Jean Posten in 1952 and lived in Torrance, California. They later divorced in 1995.
He moved to Monte Vista, Colorado in 1961 and worked briefly for Lockwood Graders, Don Roberts Construction, Whitlock Motors, and Schall Iron Works. Then he discovered his favorite career in the clothing business. He worked for 13 years in the Fassetts Department Store in Monte Vista, Colo., then 13 years in Kavley`s Department store in Del Norte, Colo. retiring from there.
Bill was in the Junior Chamber of Commerce for four years being Vice President and President for one year, and a member for years in Rotary.
He enjoyed the great outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. The pride of his life was the chalet he built in 1983 in the mountains above Del Norte with names for each fish in his creek that he fed daily. In 2009 when living solo as a mountain man was no longer feasible, he moved into the Legacy (an assisted living facility in Monte Vista Colo.) where he gained an extended family.
Bill is survived by his son Larry (Theresa) Lambert from Seabeck, Washington, his daughter Janice (Andy) Beechick from Arvada, Colorado along with three grandchildren, Stephen, John, and Karissa Lambert.
A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life was held Friday September 28, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Strohmayer`s Funeral Home 205 S. Broadway Monte Vista, Colo.
Arrangements were made by Strohmayer`s Funeral Home.