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James R. Lambert

February 11, 1934 July 26, 2019
James R. Lambert
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Obituary for James R. Lambert

James “Jim” R. Lambert, 85, of Momence, IL, passed away peacefully at home July 26, 2019. Cremation rites were accorded. A celebration of life service is planned for Sunday August 11, 11:00 am at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence. Memorials may be made to Momence Friends of the Park.

Jim was born February 11, 1934 to Harold and Bernadette Regnier Lambert. Jim married Bonnie Gilbert on April 24, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Church in Momence, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Joe Lambert, sister Jean Lambert Zack, nephew David Lambert, and niece Debbie Lambert Bishir.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bonnie, two sons: Jim (Wendy) Lambert of Basel, Switzerland, Jeff Lambert of Branson, MO, and one daughter Jeanenne Lambert (Mike Shaver) of Lake St. Louis, MO; nine grandchildren: James Lambert, Ben (Pam) Lambert, Tatiana S. Lambert, Nadia M. Lambert, Krysta (Corey) Madden, Sara Lambert, Joyce Lambert, Grace Thornton, Noah Thornton, and five great grandchildren: Ellie, Alex, and Marina Lambert, Aubree and Jameson Madden. Also surviving are two brothers Donald (Boo) Lambert of Momence, and Robert (Bob) Lambert of Carterville, GA., and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Jim and Bonnie left Momence in 1967 for Jim’s work and moved back to a home on the Kankakee River in Momence four years ago. Jim had a keen sense of humor and when asked why they moved back after having been gone for 48 years Jim would reply, “To cross the finish line.” He loved Momence and was a wonderful source of local history. Jim was a paperboy when he was a kid and could remember where everyone lived, who owned each business, and had many stories about his hometown. Upon their return Jim and Bonnie joined the Momence Friends of the Park and hosted that group’s Thursday night potluck suppers on their beautiful porch over looking the river. Jim always looked forward to that gathering of friends and they all enjoyed spending time with him. He was proud of the eight years he served in the U.S. Army and his membership in the Veterans of Underage Military (VUMS) organization. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Maryville University, St. Louis and retired from Boeing, St. Louis MO. Jim always enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

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Celebration of Life Event




11:00 AM 8/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Cotter Funeral Home

224 E. Washington St.
Momence, IL 60954

Cotter Funeral Home
224 E. Washington St. Momence 60954 IL
United States

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Friends of the Park - Momence


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