Robert Franklin ”Bob” Lambie

01/23/1920 — 05/29/2003

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Fort Yates, North Dakota

Robert Franklin ”Bob” Lambie

Robert Franklin “Bob” Lambie passed away Thursday, May 29, 2003, at his Kennewick home.  He was 83.

Bob was born January 23, 1920, to John and Laura Lambie in a sod house in Sioux County, North Dakota.

He started school in a one-room country school where the teacher was a young girl with only a high school education.  His mother passed away when he was 13, after which he was enrolled in Indian boarding schools in Fort Yates, North Dakota and Pierre, South Dakota for his elementary education.  He finished his high school education at Flandreau, South Dakota Indian School.  He attended South Dakota State College at Brookings after World War II.

Bob spent four years in the U. S. Navy 1941-1945 participating in all theaters of the war.  He was discharged in October 1945 as a Chief Electrician’s Mate.

On July 2, 1948, he married Alta Sorensen in Tyler, Minnesota.  They lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 25 years where he, for awhile, had his own electrical contracting business.  Bob worked at nuclear plants at Monticello, Minnesota and Palo, Iowa before being transferred to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as an electrical supervisor in 1973.  He worked there most of the time until his retirement in 1985.  Bob did take two years to work at Prudue Bay in Alaska in 1983-85.  After his retirement, he went back during the regular summer outages at Hanford for a number of years.

He was an active member of Richland Lutheran Church.  He worked at various times as a volunteer for SHIBA Senior Health Insurance Benefit Association and LICWAC Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee.  He also spent many hours doing volunteer electrical work when the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice Building was constructed.

Bob is survived by his wife, Alta; daughter, Karla Gaither of West Richland; sons, Richard of Richland and Jon of Snohomish and their families; and one brother, Theodore of Thermopolis, WY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Richland Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Good News Media Ministry or the Retreat Center, c/o Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richland, WA 99352.

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  • Alta and family,

    My thoughts are with you.

    Dolores Clark
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick,, WA, 99337, US
  • In 1991, Bob volunteered to mentor Native american children that were in foster care. He was recruited for the original Tri-cities Locial Indian Child Welfare Advisory Commitee. Bob was one of the most consistent member attending over 40 LICWAC staffings. It was obvious, just by observing that he had the respect of the other committee members. He was leader of the group for many years. Bob CARED about other people. He respected them. We will miss Bob’s wisdom & smile at our monthly meetings. Sincerely Jonnie Rajala Jenquin

    jonnie rajala
    November 4, 2014
    richland, WA, US
  • Alta and Family, Sorry I’m so late but wanted to acknowledge Bob and Alta as very good Christian friends of my parents Ella & Jake Meyers. They enjoyed many RLC activities together over the years! Bob stopped to visit my Dad Jake in Kennewick General Hospital in May, 1999. Dad had just been admitted with Tetanis/Lockjaw when Bob stopped in the doorway and waved to Dad! Dad saw Bob, but couldn’t talk or hardly breathe, so we kind of shook our heads and waved Bob on we may have seemed rude? I think Bob & Alta came to some of Dad’s B-Day parties, and maybe they sang in Golden Aires Choir with them too?

    Thanks for being my parents good friends!

    God’s Blessings,

    Don and Marti Meyers

    Don Meyers
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Alta and family – may you find comfort in the loving memories of that wonderful man you hold in your heart. Our prayers are with you and your family – love Mille & Ray

    Ray & Mille Nierman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Alta,

    My deepest sympathies and best wishes for you are not enough to express my sadness for your loss. If I can be of any help, please let me know what I can do.

    David Jenkins
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I was sorry to see Bob’s obit listed next to my wife. I first met him in Iowa more than thirty years ago. I was also a neighbor when I lived on Wright Avenue. Bob was a great person for a friend and an excellent electrical superintendant

    David Ahrens
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I will always remember Uncle Bob’s smile and laugh. I’m glad he and Alta were able to come out to South Dakota last summer.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all!

    Sue Severson
    November 4, 2014
    Sioux, Falls, SD, US
  • Alta and family,

    My thoughts are with you.

    Dolores Clark
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick,, WA, 99337, US
  • In 1991, Bob volunteered to mentor Native american children that were in foster care. He was recruited for the original Tri-cities Locial Indian Child Welfare Advisory Commitee. Bob was one of the most consistent member attending over 40 LICWAC staffings. It was obvious, just by observing that he had the respect of the other committee members. He was leader of the group for many years. Bob CARED about other people. He respected them. We will miss Bob’s wisdom & smile at our monthly meetings. Sincerely Jonnie Rajala Jenquin

    jonnie rajala
    November 4, 2014
    richland, WA, US
  • Alta and Family, Sorry I’m so late but wanted to acknowledge Bob and Alta as very good Christian friends of my parents Ella & Jake Meyers. They enjoyed many RLC activities together over the years! Bob stopped to visit my Dad Jake in Kennewick General Hospital in May, 1999. Dad had just been admitted with Tetanis/Lockjaw when Bob stopped in the doorway and waved to Dad! Dad saw Bob, but couldn’t talk or hardly breathe, so we kind of shook our heads and waved Bob on we may have seemed rude? I think Bob & Alta came to some of Dad’s B-Day parties, and maybe they sang in Golden Aires Choir with them too?

    Thanks for being my parents good friends!

    God’s Blessings,

    Don and Marti Meyers

    Don Meyers
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Alta and family – may you find comfort in the loving memories of that wonderful man you hold in your heart. Our prayers are with you and your family – love Mille & Ray

    Ray & Mille Nierman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Alta,

    My deepest sympathies and best wishes for you are not enough to express my sadness for your loss. If I can be of any help, please let me know what I can do.

    David Jenkins
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I was sorry to see Bob’s obit listed next to my wife. I first met him in Iowa more than thirty years ago. I was also a neighbor when I lived on Wright Avenue. Bob was a great person for a friend and an excellent electrical superintendant

    David Ahrens
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I will always remember Uncle Bob’s smile and laugh. I’m glad he and Alta were able to come out to South Dakota last summer.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all!

    Sue Severson
    November 4, 2014
    Sioux, Falls, SD, US
  • Aunt Alta and cousins–our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug and Pam Sorensen
    November 4, 2014
    Mentor, MN, US
  • Alta, Karla, Jon and Rich:

    I was very saddened to receive the email from my father that Bob had passed on. Although he was ready to go, it certainly doesn’t make it any easier on you or those who loved him. I have had all of you in my thoughts these past few months as Bob’s illness has taken it’s toll. I continue with thoughts for you and pray that you will find peace within yourselves.

    With heartfelt condolences

    Nanci

    Nanci Busse
    November 4, 2014
    Dunwoody, GA, US
  • We so appreciated Bob and Alta as close friends of Don’s folks, Jake and Ella Meyers. They had shared in so many activities at Richland Lutheran Church, and we felt bad that Bob and Alta did not get to visit with Dad during his hospital stay when suffering with Tetanus infection and Lockjaw he could not speak and hardly open mouth to breath or eat. We always felt Bob was in very good health just like Jake. Think maybe Bob and Alta also sang in the RLC Goldenaires Choir with Ella and Jake too! Our thoughts and prayers with Alta and family during this time of loss. Don and Marti Meyers

    Don and Marti Meyers
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US