Clarence Eugene "Gene" Lambert, 68, died at his rural home near McCook, on Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) after several years of a hard battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 26, 1934, at Benkelman, to Clifford Ambrose and Louise Esther (Gunderman) Lambert. He graduated from Parks High School in 1951. He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in August of 1954. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated with a degree in Soil Conservation.
On March 18, 1960, he married Velda Mae Edmonds at Marysville, Kan. To this union four children were born. Gene worked for Nebraska Department of Roads in Lincoln. He was then employed as a soil scientist for the U.S. Government for the Department of Interior under the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Montana, South Dakota, and Washington State, until his retirement in 1982. After his retirement he returned to work for Hitchcock County as the Weed Superintendent until his illness forced him to retire. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper. He also enjoyed gardening, sharing his produce with many family and friends, inheriting the name melon man or weed man.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Clifford and Louise Lambert; one brother, Alvin Lambert; and one sister, Doris Cox.
Survivors include his son, Rick Lambert and wife MiSuk of South Korea, a government employee; three daughters, Peggy Lambert of McCook, Judy Lambert and Cindy Lambert both of Lincoln; four brothers, Dale Lambert and wife, Dorothy, of Trenton, Lyle Lambert and wife, Valgene, of Hastings, Jerry Lambert and wife, Darlene, of McCook; one sister, Fern Belau of Wildomar, Calif.; and three triplet grandbabies, Richard, Mellisha and Kimberly Lambert; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be Monday, 10 a.m., at Carpenter Breland Chapel with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. A private family inurnment will be at a later time.
Friends may sign the book at the funeral home during office hours.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Hospice Foundation.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.