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Cdr. Walter D. "Doug" Lambert USN (Ret.)


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Cdr. Walter D. "Doug" Lambert USN (Ret.) Obituary
LAMBERT Cdr. Walter D. (Doug) Lambert (USN-Retired) passed on to eternal life on June 7, 2014. Dad was born in Baltimore, MD on May 16, 1924 to William and Ida Lambert. Near the end of World War II Doug joined the US Navy with the ambition to become a naval aviator. He received flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station and Whiting Field, and while there, met the love of his life, Edith (Edie) Jackson, at a USO dance. Married for 65 years, Doug and Edie raised five children, Leslie (Bob) Eberling, Skip (Carol) Lambert, Jack (Cat) Lambert, Steve Lambert, and Lisa Lambert. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, beloved granddaughter, Kristina King, brother William Lambert and sisters Catherine Curley and Evelyn Payne. He is survived by his children; grandchildren Kevin Ingwersen (wife Jennifer Wesely), Karin Ingwersen, Michael Lambert, Katy (Johnny) Simmons, Chris Lambert, Abigail (Drew) Carpenter, Erica Lambert, and Jennifer Farmer; great-grandchildren Kya Lambert, Alex Lambert, and Chloe Young; and many nieces and nephews. Doug served his country proudly for 27 years while stations in Saipan, Memphis, TN, Spokane, WA, Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC and Jacksonville, FL. He served aboard the aircraft carriers Lake Champlain, Coral Sea, FDR, and Oriskany, and received the Korean War Medal and Distinguished Flying Medal. He piloted numerous aircraft including the AD Skyraider, F4U Corsair, P2V Neptune, and S2F Tracker. Later in his Navy career he became a flight instructor and one of his prot g s went on to become the commanding officer of the Blue Angels. Upon retirement from the Navy, Doug received his Master's Degree from Jacksonville University and launched a second career as a science teacher at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School. Following his retirement as an educator, Doug enjoyed travel, a round of golf at Cecil field, and a Manhattan made with bourbon served straight up. A man of many talents, Doug could repair almost anything mechanical or electrical, never discarded anything he thought might be useful later, and enjoyed tinkering in his shed. Volunteering was second nature to Doug, and he served in the sheriff's Neighborhood Watch Program, prepared tax returns for the AARP, and donated over 20 gallons of blood. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Jacksonville, for many years and served in the parish's Holy Name and St. Vincent de Paul Societies. The family extends sincere gratitude to his daughter, Lisa, for the extraordinary care she provided to her father to enable him to remain in the comfort of his own home. She was ably assisted by caregivers Kim Shanks and James and Cathy Dukes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in Doug's memory. Visitation will be Thursday, June 12 from 6-8 at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 5753 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville. Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Friday, June 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 10, 2014
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