Edgar H. Lamb
78, of Indianapolis, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at his Indianapolis home.
Ed was born on August 12, 1934 to Leslie Lamb and Laura (Lamb) Wittenbrock in Indianapolis. He was raised on the Eastside, and was baptized into the Christian faith in 1945. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1952 and was a varsity member of the State Championship wrestling team.
Ed graduated from United States Air Force training in 1956 as a Second Lieutenant with the aeronautical rating of pilot. He then became a Fighter Pilot after graduating from Advanced Fighter Pilot School, flying the F-84 Thunder Streak Aircraft, attaining the rank of Captain and exceeding the speed of sound in the F-86 Sabre Jet at the age of 22. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard out of Hulman Field in Terre Haute, Ind., and was recalled to active duty for 12 months during the Berlin Crisis in 1961, at which time he received the State of Indiana National Emergency Service Medal Award.
After his military service, Ed attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1959. He then graduated from the Indiana University School of Law, earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence.
Ed was a respected and long-standing member of Indiana's legal community and was licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. His notable success in Law includes serving as a Public Defender for the Marion County Criminal Court in 1967 as well as Indianapolis City Prosecutor from 1968 through 1975, for which he was appointed by Mayor Lugar and Mayor Hudnut. Ed played an integral role in the implementation of Unigov. He was a member of the Marion County Criminal Justice Coordination Council as well as Attorney for the Department of Public Safety and the Police & Fire Merit Boards. He also served as counsel and vice president of American Trans Air. The majority of his legal career was spent in private practice where he represented publicly traded and privately-held businesses and individuals in a variety of civil matters while at Yarling, Robinson, Hammel, & Lamb, and later in solo practice.
Ed has been very active in civic affairs, especially in politics. A lifelong Republican, he was active in the party since 1962, meeting U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan along the way. Ed was Sergeant at Arms for the 1968 Republican State Convention and a Delegate for the 1972 Republican State Convention. He also served as Deputy Marion County Election Commissioner for many years at election time.
He was a proud member and usher of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Carmel, Ind.
Ed enjoyed volunteering as both an escort and visitor at the VA hospital for 6 years where he entertained the patients with his gift of storytelling.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald (Ruth) Lamb.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lamb, and three children, Eric (Jackie) Lamb, Kristin (Michael) Marlowe, Jonathan Lamb and two grandchildren, Oliver and Emily. All three of his children followed in his footsteps into the practice of law, which he was most proud.
The family thanks IU Medical Center's oncology department, including Dr. Sayar and nurse Stacy Dye as well as Dr. Lykens of the pulmonary department for their guidance and care.
Visitation will be held in Flanner and Buchanan - Broad Ripple , 1305 E. Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 on Wednesday, July 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 1 in Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3650 W. 106th St. Carmel, IN 46032, followed by interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.