Richard Eugene Lambert

August 15, 1938 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Richard Lambert Obituary

Richard “Dick” Lambert, 85, of Carmichael, CA, passed away on December 23, 2023, due to infection complications, surrounded by his loving family.

Dick was born on August 15, 1938, in Sacramento, CA.  He joined the California National Guard at age 16, having lied about his age.  Later that year he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS HANCOCK, an aircraft carrier. His job aboard ship was as an Interior Communications electrician, IC3.  He served in the Navy for four years.  After leaving the Navy, he worked for Coca Cola for a short time prior to being hired by the City of Sacramento as a firefighter.  He retired from the City of Sacramento Fire Department in 1992 after 27 years and 10 months of serving his community.

Dick left high school before graduating, but in later years achieved his GED and an associate degree from American River College.  For fun and to fine tune his skills, he took welding classes from American River College.

Dick enjoyed working with wood, whether in building, repair or for creating.  He liked woodturning and was a past member and past president of the NorCal Woodturning club.  He loved finding a beautiful piece of wood to turn.  Creating lovely bowls, vases and fun things like snowmen, bells and ornaments.

He also had a General Contractors license although he did hate to work on plumbing.

Dick also earned a private pilot’s license, purchased a small plane and loved to fly.  His wife’s favorite comment was you fly the plane and I will look for emergency landing spots.

Dick loved to read.  Primarily United States history but he also enjoyed a good science fiction novel.  He had a two person book club with his nephew, Robert Frew, both avid readers and discussers of history books.

Dick was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he had a big heart and a wonderful (and not so wonderful) sense of humor.

Most of all, he loved his family.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Melinda Muller (Madison) Lambert, three children, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews who were like his own.  He was always interested in the accomplishments and activities of his family.  He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of woodworking, building and repairing with his son, Jeff and his son-in-laws, Paul and Richard.  That knowledge was also shared with his daughter Kim along with gardening design and her love of reading.  He was encouraging to his daughter, Cathy in her desire for a career in law enforcement and with her he enjoyed new adventures, new movies and seeing pictures and videos of their travels.  He worked with his grandson, Joshua, to restore   a piano, after a fire.  He taught his granddaughter, Ashley, to paint landscapes.  He enjoyed the fun and laughter of his grandson, Trevor.  “See you later alligator”.  He liked to discuss goals, future plans with granddaughter, Larissa and grandson, Jake.  And he welcomed a new granddaughter, Ali.  In the past three months he was able to travel to Dillon’s Beach for a week away with the family and a week in Sandy, Utah again to be with family for a wedding.  All events he enjoyed to the fullest.  Dad, Papa, and Uncle were the titles he treasured most.

He will be forever missed.  Until we meet again.

Services will be held on January 25, 2023, at 12:30pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, California.  Price Funeral Chapel (916-725-2109), directors.

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Graveside Service
January 25, 2024

12:30 PM
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA 95620


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