Blaine Patrick Lambert, 85, of Granite City, Ill., born April 30, 1931, in Gardiner, Maine, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016, in Granite City, Ill.
He retired in August 2012 as the owner and operator of Lambert Heating and Cooling in Granite City, Ill., after 46 years of dedicated service to the community. The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Air Force
during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Granite City Elks, and was an active
and dedicated member of the former St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Granite City, Ill. He was a licensed pilot, and enjoyed his days of flying airplanes and his years, and coaching soccer.
He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley Jean, nee Lancaster, Lambert on Sept. 9, 1961, in Madison, Ill., and who passed away on June 9, 2010; a grandson; his parents, Clifford and Laura, nee Mahany, Lambert; and two sisters, Constance Wilson, and Barbara Lambert.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in- law, Jeff and Janet Champion, and Lorne and Barbara Lambert; five daughters and three sons-in- law, Wendy Champion, Tracy and Taylor French, Paula Cox, Holly and Brent Easton, and
Michaelann and Michael Rahn; 13 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; a brother, George Lambert; a sister, Rita Lambert; and other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, and may be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences at: www.irwinchapel.com.
Visitation: In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Ill., with a Prayer service at 7 p.m.
Funeral: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, Ill., with Father John Patrick Day as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 10, 2016