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Vern Lambert

1919 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Vern Lambert Obituary
Vern Lambert May 09, 1919 - December 31st, 2012 Lambert, Vern, passed away December 31st, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Lambert; his two sons, David (wife Nancy) and Jim (wife Roberta); six grandchildren, Jennifer, Adam, Heather, Jason, Angelica and Matthew; and three great grandchildren, Allison and Grant Kramer, and Dallis Stieben. Vern was born in Turton, South Dakota May 9, 1919, and was one of six sons born to parents, Roy and Edna Lambert. His brothers were Don, Wayland, George, Lloyd and Warren, each of whom are deceased. He and his family moved to Lincoln California during the dust bowl of the 1930's. He joked that as they drove through towns on the way to California, children would follow their truck all excited thinking that the "Circus had come to town". All of their possessions, including furniture, was tied to that truck. Vern worked on the Alaskan Highway before joining the Army to fight in World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines, where he worked as an operating engineer due to his prior experience operating construction machinery. Soon after the war, and his honorable discharge from the army, his sister-in-law Jeanne, who was married to his brother George, arranged a "blind date" with her friend Marjorie Dolan who worked with her in the WAVES (a World War II division of the U.S. Navy). The date was successful, because three months later they were married. This marriage was to last 66 years, until his death. Vern Lambert made a career in the heavy construction industry as an operating engineer that spanned 50 years. He was an accomplished truck crane operator and worked up and down the state of California on major highway projects building bridges. He also worked on large tunnel projects. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Soon after his death, his wife Marjorie reflected that he was " the kindest man she ever knew". He was loved, he was respected, and he will be missed. His memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 14th at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306 with military honors www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 10, 2013
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