Robert Evert Lambert Sr. was born Jan. 23, 1921, near Elk Point, S.D., the son of John H. and Lyma (Harkness) Lambert. He attended country school near Akron.
Following his education, Bob started farming with his father near Merrill. In the winters he would travel to Wisconsin to assist his uncle with towing and mechanic work.
On Sept. 26, 1946, Bob and Viola McClintock were united in marriage at the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. They made their home on farms near Brunsville and Le Mars before settling near Merrill.
Along with farming, Bob did custom combining, raised dairy cattle and operated Lambert Auto Body. In 1985, his son Bob joined him in the business. He was proud to work at the body shop until he was 90 years old.
Bob was a member of the Merrill First United Methodist Church. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed whittling, carving and drawing. He drew cartoons for the Globe Post, along with many local signs and art projects.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Viola; a son, Bob Lambert and his wife, Susan, and a granddaughter, Brittany Lambert, all of rural Merrill; two brothers and one sister; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rose; a brother, William, in infancy; and brothers-in-law Andrew, Jim and Hilbert (Lula) McClintock.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. today (Monday) at the Merrill First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Russ L. Burnett officiated. Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation began at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family was present from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There was also one hour of visitation at the church on Monday prior to the funeral.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.