In Loving

Willie Ralph Lambert

March 24, 1956-June 4, 2024

Willie Lambert, 68, of Richmond, VA, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 in his home at Morningside Senior Living Community. He was born March 24, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio to Sylvia and Ralph Lambert.

A proud Air Force Veteran, Willie entered the military in 1974 in Sunnyvale, CA, serving 8 years before separating at the England Air Force Base in Louisiana. During his time in the Air Force, he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant First Class, earned several medals and awards, served overseas, and furthered his education.

After leaving the military, Willie used that education and went on to make a name for himself in the security field. He was even referred to as a “rock star” among his colleagues. When not at work, he could most likely be found either on the golf course, at his favorite fishing spot, assembling model planes at his work bench, or in his recliner lost in a good book. Always the avid reader, there is probably not a James Patterson or Tom Clancy novel out there that Willie has not read.

In January of 1989, Willie proposed to his then girlfriend, Karen Green. The two wed a few months later on May 6th, and by September the following year had welcomed their first child into the world, a daughter whom Willie named Samantha. Two years later, their second daughter, Rebecca, was born.

Willie was a lover of John Wayne, good cigars, and strong coffee. But nothing could compare to the love he had for his family, especially the kids. Affectionately called “Uncle Willie Goat” by some of his nieces and nephews, he was a crowd favorite at gatherings and always took the time to play with the kids. A baby could not make it more than three feet in the door of a family function before being snatched up and cradled by Willie.

That love only intensified when Willie had his first grandchild in 2016. He would even use his lunch breaks to go over to his daughter’s house, just to hold his grandbaby for a little while.

When Willie was forced into retirement following medical complications from a brain aneurysm in 2017, he spent his time being a doting Grandpa to his two grandchildren, Addison and Connor. You would often see him snuggled up with them watching movies, setting up toy farms to play “tractor”, and teaching them to play a variety of board games (their favorite Grandpa activity). He always had a treat ready for their visit and loved showing them off to his neighbors and friends. A truly proud Grandpa who will be sorely missed.

Willie spent his last few years at Morningside Senior Living Community and made many friends and memories there. He loved playing Bingo and Mexican Train Dominoes with his friends and attending all the social events. He was even crowned King of Mardi Gras at this year’s celebration. Both the Morningside staff and the hospice nurses went above and beyond to make his time there comfortable and memorable, and his family is forever grateful.

Willie is survived by his ex-wife Karen Lambert; his children Samantha (Steven) Oney and Rebecca Lambert; his grandchildren Addison and Connor Oney; his siblings Linda Anderson, Dianna (James) Tompkins, Tim Lambert, Doug (Kim) Lambert, and Daniel (Debra) Lambert; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Sylvia and Ralph Lambert and by his brothers Ronald and Bruce Lambert.

Willie will be buried with military honors at a private internment. His family asks for privacy while they grieve and will release the gravesite location at a later date for those who wish to go pay their respects on their own.

Donations are encouraged in lieu of flowers to the Disabled American Veterans Charity. Donations can be made in Willie’s honor by following the link below.

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