GREENSBURG, Pa. — Gerald “Lum” “Moose” Nelson Lambert, 82, formerly of Wiley Ford, W.Va., passed away on Oct. 3, 2013 at Hempfield Manor, Greensburg.
Born on May 2, 1931 in Dry Run, W.Va., he was the son of the late Amos and Mildred (Nelson) Lambert. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Donna Lee Lambert; his mother, Mildred Lambert; his father, Amos Lambert; his sister, Avonne Fay Lambert; and brother, Ellsworth Lambert.
He is survived by his son, Craig Nelson Lambert and wife, Leigh Ann (Nuce) Lambert, Greensburg; his daughter, Debra Leigh Lambert and partner, Janiece Sue Mann, Holland, Mich.; his granddaughter, Caitlin Donelle Lambert and fiancé, Nathaniel Colligan, Greensburg; step-grandsons, Zachariah Ellison Mann and fiancé, Rachel Alvesteffer and Joshua Daniel Mann and partner, Courtney Jenkinson; step-great grandson, August Daniel Mann, Holland, Mich.; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ernest Ganoe; sister and brother-in law, Ester and Ray Rhoe; sister-in-law, Rose Marie Phillips; brother-in-law, George Schoenadel; and special friend, who was like a son, Mike Clark, Cumberland.
He also was blessed with special friends, Betty and Charles Hatter and family, Pat and Ronnie Reeder, Harry and Eileen Hitchins, Julie and Harold McFarland, Alfred and Peggy Sidaway, Kate and Earl Long , Jim and Jeanette Donahoe, Bob Starkey, and many other relatives and friends, too numerous to mention.
Gerald was a 1949 graduate of Ridgeley High School and received an Associate’s Degree from Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va. He was employed by the ABL (Alliant Tech Systems Inc.) for 35 years holding various positions including program specialist. He served four years in the US Air Force. He was Airman 1st Class for the 5th Air Force tactical wing, F-860 fighter wing, and the 116th squadron. Awards and recognitions consisted of Korean War Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and Good Conduct Medal.
He was the founder and coach of the Wiley Ford Little League Bulldogs, a member of the VFW; Moose; Outdoor Club; American Legion, and many other surrounding clubs in the area.
For 14 years, he and Donna worked as Marshals for the Senior PGA tour and Championship tournaments in Tanglewood and for the Greensboro Open in the Carolinas. They were members at Down River Golf Course. They also loved going to Saint Michaels and Bo Brooks in Baltimore for hard-shell crabs. They owned a camp on the South Branch River where they fished, shot archery, and rafted on a B-29 bomber raft. He loved walking the beaches of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and watching the sun set. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing. Some of his adventures consisted of, hot air balloon rides, cruises to the Virgin Islands, house boating in Tennessee, the Grand Ole Opry, Nova Scotia Falls, Yellowstone Park, Las Vegas, San Diego to Tijuana, Florida, New England, New York, and to tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He enjoyed living life. But nowhere was as awesome and beautiful as their West Virginia home.
Throughout his life he was active within the Wiley Ford Church of the Brethren, teaching Sunday school classes and vacation bible school, starting the children’s nursery, and serving on the pastoral board. He also participated in all activities of their son and daughter in elementary and high school.
We will all miss his sense of humor. Our mother expressed how grateful she was to share her life with him for 57 years.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated.
A memorial service will be held at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, (www.scarpellifh.com) on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George Harpold officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to services.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Wiley Ford Church of the Brethren, Wiley Ford, W.Va. or Alzheimer’s Association.