John J. Lambert

John J. Lambert, 76, Upham, formerly of Minot, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 in a Minot hospital.

John was born Dec. 18, 1936, at Wadena, Minn., the son of Criss and Olga (Hill) Lambert. He was raised and educated in Minnesota and graduated from Bertha-Hewitt High School in 1954 at Bertha, Minn. He assisted with the operation of the family farm prior to enlisting in the Navy in 1956. He honorably served his country on the USS Midway until 1960, when he returned to North Dakota.

John was united in marriage to Virginia Schmidt on Oct. 2, 1957, at Fargo. After his discharge, they made their home at Finley, where he was employed with RCA Service Co. at the local radar station there. In 1963, RCA transferred him to Alamogordo, N.M.

In 1969, they returned to North Dakota, where he began work at the Burroughs Corp. in Fargo. In 1970, they transferred with Burroughs to Minot, where he worked as a computer technician until retiring in 2001. After retiring, John and Virginia enjoyed traveling in their motor home visiting friends and family across the country. They moved to Upham in 2009. Virginia died on Oct. 13, 2011.

John was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. From tenting in the mountains of New Mexico, to the pop-up camper in Garrison, to living full time in the motor home in Virginia. He taught his sons, grandsons and granddaughters to hunt and fish and respect the land and the animals they hunted. He coached little league baseball teams for each of his sons.

John was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot, where he actively served on the church council and church school board. He actively participated with the Bishop Ryan High School activities. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His loving family includes: children, Valerie (Tom) Kempf, Sawyer, Lori (Kevin Hochhalter) Raub, Surrey, James (Sandra) Lambert, Minot, Bradley (Shellie) Lambert, Minot, Chad (Jen Korgel) Lambert, Surrey; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Horn, West Fargo; sister-in-law, Lucille Lambert, Staples, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia; sisters, Audrey Jensen and Shirley Vasquez; and brother, Darrel Lambert; and granddaughter, Kelsie Myers, and great-granddaughter, Aurora Raub.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.

Vigil prayer service: Today, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Visitation: Today, from 2 to 6 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, the family prefers memorials be designated to the Our Lady of Grace Church Food Pantry, Minot.

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