Blaine Patrick Lambert, 85, of Granite City, passed away at 6:37 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Granite City.
He was born April 30, 1931, in Gardiner, Maine, a son of the late Clifford and Laura (Mahany) Lambert. He married Shirley Jean (Lancaster) Lambert on Sept. 9, 1961, in Madison and she passed away on June 9, 2010. Blaine retired in August 2012 as the owner and operator of Lambert Heating and Cooling in Granite City after 46 years of dedicated service to the community.
The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Granite City Elks and was an active and dedicated member of the former St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Granite City. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed his days of flying airplanes and his years coaching soccer. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Janet Champion and Lorne and Barbara Lambert; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Wendy Champion, Tracy and Taylor French, Paula Cox, Holly and Brent Easton and Michaelann, and Michael Rahn; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, George Lambert; one sister, Rita Lambert; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson and two sisters, Constance Wilson and Barbara Lambert.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City with Father John Patrick Day as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be accepted at the funeral home; irwinchapel.com.