Lambert, Kenneth C.
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Kenneth C. Lambert took the Lord's hand on his journey to heaven on April 7, 2014, after fighting a courageous battle of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). He was surrounded by his loving family in his home when the Lord peacefully called.
Ken was born on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1938 son of the late Charles & Rachel (Ringmeier) Lambert. He was a graduate of Mishicot High School class of 1956 and he served as senior class president. Seven days after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served with the Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Division FMF, on the Island of Okinawa. He was honorably discharged on June 10, 1962. Ken married the former Judith Freimuth on November 16, 1963, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kellnersville. The couple had recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Ken worked for Lambert Implement for 11 years until his dad, Charlie retired. In 1969, Ken purchased and operated the business until its closing in 1988. Ken then continued his John Deere passion at Eis Implement in Two Rivers as a salesperson until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of the Kellnersville Fire Department for over 50 years and was assistant fire chief during his dad's fire chief tenure before he served as Kellnersville Fire Chief for 10 years. He was a part of the building committee for the present fire station and various truck committees. Ken was also instrumental in organizing the 75th anniversary of the Kellnersville Fire Department in 1993. He also served as vice president for the Manitowoc County Firefighters Association. Ken was the last surviving charter member of the KBA (Kellnersville Betterment Association) and he served as the first treasurer and eventually one term as president. As president, one of his biggest accomplishments was replacing the old outhouses with the current restrooms. He was one of the first Kellnersville Little League coaches for eight years and later continued coaching his sons. Ken was one of the original members to have started and operated the softball tournaments at the park. He was the current acting president of the Manitowoc County Old Timers Baseball Association and was also a recipient of the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame Achievement Award sponsored by the KBA. Ken also served on the Manitowoc County Youth Sports steering committee. He was an active member of the Denmark Johnson-Hershman American Legion Post #363 for 21 years and Commander for the last 12 years, retiring in January 2014. Ken was an avid Packers, Brewers and Badgers fan. He enjoyed bowling at Francis Creek, Whitelaw and Denmark Bowling Alleys. He especially enjoyed all the years bowling on the Jensen Trucking Bowling Team with Mike Jensen, Bob Hansen, Darrel Jensen, Mark Krueger, Dave Brunner and Phil Steffel. Ken also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends while camping near Kelly Lake. His biggest passion was and will always be John Deere and especially the Two-Cylinder Tractors.
Survivors include his loving wife: Judy, Kellnersville; his five sons and their spouses: Al (Sharon), Columbus; Brian (Debbie), Kellnersville; Cory (Teri), Kellnersville; Duane (Connie), Francis Creek; Elton (Carissa), Denmark; grandchildren: Brandon (Naomi) and Trenton; step-grandchildren: Blair (Jill); Taylor; Dustin; Cayla; and Cayden; two step-great-grandchildren: Jack and Jersey; one sister and brother-in-law: Marian (Clarence) Novachek, Two Rivers; three sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Darlene (Eugene) Rabas, Maribel; Shirley (Kurt) Isley, Kellnersville; Lynette (Jim) Dimmer, Maribel; Ken's special furry companions: Daisy and Furby, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents: Charles and Rachel Lambert; one sister-in-law: Georgene McCol; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: George and Leona Freimuth.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kellnersville. The Rev. Ronald Colombo will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial with burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Johnson-Hershman American Legion Post #363 of Denmark. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. The American Legion is gathering on Sunday at the church at 6:00 p.m., the Kellnersville Firefighters are gathering at 6:15 p.m. and there will be a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. led by Deacon Cal Naidl. The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Kellnersville is assisting the Lambert family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
Ken and his family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Mark Herring, Dr. Lynn Baatz and all the caring staff in the CCU at Holy Family Memorial Hospital, Holy Family Memorial Cancer Center and Father Ron Colombo. The family would also like to thank all of the relatives and friends who visited Ken at his residence, and all the individuals who gave special attention to Ken during his courageous battle. We would also like to give a special acknowledgement to those who donate blood and blood platelets - your generosity is an exceptional gift. Everyone's thoughts and prayers are truly appreciated during this difficult time!
Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home
1124 Main Street
Kellnersville, WI 54215
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Apr. 10 to Apr. 13, 2014