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Gary Lambert
  • February 22, 1946
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  • July 13, 2020

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Gary McOlen Lambert, born February 22, 1946 in Philippi, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2020 at the age of 74 in Summerfield, Florida.  Gary was twice married, first to Patricia (McDaniel) Nicholes in 1967 and second to Judith (Sam) Lambert in 1987.  He had one son by his first marriage, Richard Scott Lambert, and two step-children, Kathi (Jensen Reid) Emberley and Kurtis Jensen, all surviving.  Gary is also survived by a half sister, Karen (Gulick) Wahl, and two half brothers, Joseph Gulick and Thomas Gulick, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.  Gary was among the first graduating class from Philip Barbour High School in 1964, he was a Vietnam Veteran, and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 410 in Belington, West Virginia.  He retired from United Airlines in 2001 after thirty-four years of employment.  As Gary requested, he will be cremated and his ashes will be spread at an undisclosed location.  To his family, friends, and acquaintances, he asked to be remembered as a “regular nice guy” and wishes all a long and healthy life.  As requested, in his final words, “C’ya”.


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  1. 23 Jul 2020
    Michelle Richmann says:
    I’m so sorry for the loss of Gary. He was a very nice guy. My Thoughts and Prayers are with all who loved him. Rest In Peace In Heaven.

  2. 23 Jul 2020
    Patty (McDaniel) Pardo says:
    Well Gary, i was your first wife. We were married 20 years and produced "Scott"...We went to high school together at Philip Barbour in Philippi...I watched you play football and after graduation you had offers from 3 colleges but decided to enlist in the army instead...First tour was Germany, then you wanted to go to Viet nam so you wrote to a congressman, i believe, and requested to be sent there....You wrote a poem while there entitled "Don't Quit" and sent it to the company newspaper but didnt sign your name because you thought the guys would laugh at you....After coming home you went to work for United Airlines and shortly there after we were married....I will always remember you and will always love and miss you..You were loved by so many people....RIP...MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

  3. 23 Jul 2020
    Scott Lambert & Family lit a candle:
    Lit since July 23, 2020 at 7:29:27 AM

  4. 23 Jul 2020
    Scott Lambert & Family posted an image:
    My dad, my grandmother, and myself
    My dad, my grandmother, and myself

  5. 23 Jul 2020
    Scott Lambert & Family says:
    Words just aren't enough. Things may not have been the greatest once upon a time, but in time they became the greatest. I believe I'm the one that caused the hair loss...lol, but I could not have had a better teacher in life. Because of my dad I'm who I am today. He was strict on me growing up, but he taught me life's valuable lessons along the way. I've lost a friend and my dad. You will be greatly missed forever! The greatest person anyone could ever have the privilege of knowing.

  6. 22 Jul 2020
    Doris Gulick lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2020 at 7:30:05 AM

  7. 22 Jul 2020
    Doris Gulick says:
    Gary was my brother-in-law for 40 plus years. He was more to me than just that, he was a true friend and confidant, always there to lend an ear and have my back. This was the type of guy that Gary was, kind and caring. Gary would tease me that I was his "favorite sister-in-law", and I would laugh and reply, yeah but I am the only one, (at the time), or the one that was here the longest! It is so surreal that you are now gone, but I am so happy that you were here with us to celebrate your Mom's 94th birthday this last February. I will never forget when you and Scott helped us move out of state from Mi to GA. What a trip that was, we set out with a caravan, a moving truck with a Corvette in tow, Gary driving an Mercury LN7, and a Monte Carlo that I was driving with Scott , a new driver, as my alternate driver. It took us 15 plus hours and w/o cell phones! Gary would pull up with signs, Stop for Food, Gas, or Bathroom break! Gary & Scott stayed long enough to get the whole truck unloaded, Gary was quite the workhorse. Gary and Tom, my husband, had that in common.
    Gary I will never forget you and will hold on to those special memories, yes, life will go on but it will never be quite the same.....

  8. 21 Jul 2020
    Janet Shanahan says:
    Remembering you Cousin Gary and our growing up times as kids on the farm in West Virginia! We lost touch over the years, but would always reminisce and laugh about our growing up years. You were always kind and a real gentleman. Thank you for your service to our country! God has a special place for you! Love and Blessings to your family! Cousin Janet Shanahan

  9. 21 Jul 2020
    larry and beth thorn says:
    Remembering you dear cousin Gary and how much fun we had growing up together in West virginia and Penna. Thank you for writing to me from the war zone in Vietnam and your patriotism. We still have your Christmas Card you sent us from Vietnam in 1967 . We will remember with fondness our last visit at your beautiful home in Flordia a few short years ago. Farewell dear cousin and our love to all the family,

  10. 21 Jul 2020
    Lynda Ware lit a candle:
    Lit since July 21, 2020 at 7:00:44 AM

  11. 20 Jul 2020
    Thomas Gulick posted an image:
    Mother and Brothers
    Mother and Brothers

  12. 20 Jul 2020
    Thomas Gulick posted an image:
    Family Photo
    Family Photo

  13. 20 Jul 2020
    James Wolf says:
    Gary will be missed by everyone who ever knew him. Prayers to Judy and all the family members. It was a sad day on Earth at Gary’s passing, but a Great day in Heaven when Gary arrived. RIP our friend! Jim & Elaine Wolf

  14. 20 Jul 2020
    Kurt Jensen says:
    Gary made my Mom so happy and did an amazing job of loving her and taking care of her for 33 years. He will be greatly missed by so many family members and friends, including me. Knowing that he's in heaven now helps with the great pain of his loss. It truly does. Gary absolutely made this world a better place and I'll cherish all the memories he's left me with. God bless you all..kj

  15. 20 Jul 2020
    Pete and Barb Connell says:
    RIP Gary!! You will never be forgotten!

  16. 20 Jul 2020
    Kathi Emberley lit a candle:
    Lit since July 20, 2020 at 7:28:57 PM

  17. 20 Jul 2020
    Kathi Emberley says:
    Words cannot express how much I will miss this man. He came into my life when I was just becoming an adult and moving over 400 miles away from home, so I do not have any loving memories of what we did together when I was a child. But thirty-three years ago when he became my mother's husband, he also started making every effort to be a part of my life, making sure that we had one-on-on time, planning "father-daughter" outings when I would come home for visits. I have always cherished those memories of trips to amusement parks and horse races way more than he could have ever imagined. Although I never called him dad, it was never because I didn't feel that he was ... he was just always Gary to me. He always used to say that he couldn't have loved me more if I came from his own loins (which drove my mom absolutely insane because she thought that word sounded so crass), but I loved hearing it ... mostly because I felt the same way about him. While it hurts to say goodbye, in your words, "it is what it is". C'ya Gare.

  18. 20 Jul 2020
    Thomas Gulick lit a candle:
    Lit since July 20, 2020 at 7:19:43 PM

  19. 20 Jul 2020
    Thomas Gulick says:
    Gary and I were very close brothers. We both shared a passion for Hot Rods. He was always there for me and I was there for him. We did a lot of things together. One of last things we did together was going to Atlanta Dragway. Gary was trying to decide which hat to wear to cover that bald head. I told him to wear his Vietnam Hat. Little did he know they had an Army area set up with robotic tanks etc., that we checked out. Gary had people approaching him and shaking his hand and thanking him for his Service. Gary said he never had that happen to him in his life. That really touched Gary.

    I will miss my BIG BROTHER deeply!!!

    Your LITTLE BROTHER , Tom

  20. 20 Jul 2020
    Lee Irvine says:
    Rest In Peace my dear friend. You will live on in my memory and the memories of countless others.

    We will ride together again someday.

  21. 20 Jul 2020
    Lee Irvine says:
    Rest In Peace my dear friend. You will live on in my memory and the memories of countless others who knew and loved you.

    We will ride together again someday.

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