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James "Jim" Lambert

Jim Lambert, 77, of Swanton passed away June 29, 2015 in the early morning at The Lakes of Monclova after a short battle with cancer. Jim was born September 21, 1937 in Delta, Ohio. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty (Camp) Lambert; his children, Linda Faulb, Jeff (Lisa), John (Lynn), Laurie (Jim) Pollock and Jimmy (Jennie); 11 grandchildren, Justin (Samantha), Amanda (Keith), Seth (Romina), Alyssa (Joe), Abi, Brianna, Ciera, Ellison, Rachel, Katherine, and Jimmy; and great-granddaughter, Zara.

A lifelong resident of Swanton, and avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Detroit Tigers fan, Jim worked at the Pilliod Company, but his legacy will be as a wonderful husband, father, and as an active member of the Swanton community. For years Jim coached his sons through the town recreational leagues in baseball and at St. Richards in basketball; through this commitment he also mentored scores of Swanton’s youth. A quiet man when he wasn’t in the stands of a sporting event, Jim was a successful fundraiser for local projects, whether it was chairing a million dollar drive for his church or during his time as president of the Swanton athletic boosters where unbeknownst to his wife, he put up their home as collateral to secure a loan for the building of a new high school boys and girls locker-room and weight-room in the 80’s.

His love and commitment to the town was evident; whether it was in his work reviving the town’s summer Corn Festival (serving as the 2013 Grand Marshal of the festival), his work with St. Richards’s athletics, his involvement with Swanton athletics (which resulted in his induction in the Swanton Athletic Hall of Fame), or serving on the Swanton Village Council.

A selfless man, Jim was most proud of his children and grandchildren and was never absent when a game was being played, a school event was scheduled, or a last second pick-up was needed.

His daughter Leslie who preceded him in death now comforts him. Also preceding Jim in death are his father, Howard Lambert; mother, Arvada VanOrman; sister, Pauline McIntosh and brother, Marion. Surviving Jim are his sister, Dolores Hicks and brothers, Harold and Richard and half-brother, Danny VanOrman.

The family will receive guests Thursday, July 2nd from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut Street, Swanton, Ohio 43558, where a Vigil Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday, July 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Richards Church, 333 Brookside Dr., Swanton, OH 43558, where a Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. Christopher Vasko presiding and Deacon Jerry Ziemkiewicz assisting. Interment will follow at the East Swanton Cemetery on Scott Road across from Valleywood Golf Course.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Swanton Athletic Boosters or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Thursday, July 2nd from 2 to 9 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Mass of Resurrection: Friday, July 3rd at 11:00 am at St. Richard Catholic Church

Interment: East Swanton Cemetery

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Linda and the entire Lambert family. Its been a year now since Mr. Lambert passed away so sorry for your loss. He was a good man , father and husband. He was loved by many. I'm praying God will continue to comfort all of you.

Michael Steusloff Jun 30 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your families loss! Jim was a wonderful man. I always looked forward to seeing him and Betty at the diner! Heaven definatly gained an awesome Angel. Prayers for the family!

Lori Burnard Nov 2 2015 12:00 AM

To the Lambert Family. It is with deep sadness for your loss that I send my condolences. I was always so fond of Jim, and don't remember ever seeing him without a smile on his face. He was such a kind and generous soul, and your family and the community are blessed to have shared the years him. Peace and comfort to all of you in the cherished memories you will always carry with you.

Stacy Stinson Benner Jul 7 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Jim's family. He was such a nice man and will be missed.

Tim and Ella Shelley Jul 6 2015 12:00 AM

Betty, our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Jim was a great guy and will be truly missed!

Wayne and Marsha Nelson Jul 3 2015 12:00 AM

Betty, With each new day may peace find a place in your heart , so sorry I could not attend Jim 's funeral but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Love SANDEE

Sandee Bachman Jul 3 2015 12:00 AM

Was a very great man. Loved to see and talk with him. So sorry to hear on the Lambert's lost. God bless.

Dale Stewart Jul 2 2015 12:00 AM

Jeff and Lisa and entire Lambert family- We were so sorry to hear of your father's passing. We will pray for you all for guidance to get through this time. May the blessings of family and friends close and far away help you in this difficult transition.

Bill and Linda Shepard Jul 2 2015 12:00 AM

Betty, Jeff, and Family: Jim was someone I always admired growing up. Jim's focus on Family and Community during his life should be celebrated and admired by the Swanton community. Thoughts and Prayers during this difficult time!

Kevin McQuade Jul 2 2015 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. I only met your father once Laurie at the wedding but feel I knew him with all your wonderful stories about your family. What amazing tributes to your father posted here. I hope that you can find some peace knowing he was loved and respected by so many. Love to you all Gina

Gina Benner Jul 1 2015 12:00 AM

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