William O (Bill) Lamb went to his heavenly home on Friday February 3, 2017 in Hico TX at the age of 82.
Bill is survived by his wife, Loretta (Lorie) of Hico; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Kent Carpenter of Hico; son and wife, Robert Lamb and Sheila Foust of Fredericksburg; grandchildren,Oren Lamb, McKenna Lamb, Ethan Foust-Lamb and Adrianna Foust and great-grandaughter, Gracelynn Lamb; sister, Barbara Leuty of Macon, MO; and niece, Cheryl Leuty-Mitchell of Overland Park, Kansas and her children Jake, Jessica and Jamie. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill was born on October 29, 1934 in Macon, Missouri to Oren James and Thelma Marshall (Zumalt) Lamb. He graduated from Macon High School in 1952 and then went on to the University of Missouri and received his BS in Civil Engineering in 1957.
Bill entered the Army on February 7, 1958 as a 2nd Lt and went on to spend 28 years, retiring on March 1, 1986 as a LTC at Ft Sam Houston, TX. Bills first assignment was in Korea and when he returned, he went to Ft. Sam Houston where he met and married Lorie. The Army took them to Minnesota, where he attended the University of Minnesota, New York and back to Ft Sam Houston before Bill was assigned to Vietnam. During the year Bill was in Vietnam, Lorie and their two children, lived in San Antonio. Bill and his family moved several times again, going to Maryland, Okinawa, Japan and Texas.
During his Army career, Bill was awarded the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
Before retiring, Bill and Lorie moved to Pleasanton TX and non-working retirement was not for him so he went to work for the City of Pleasanton as Public Works Director in 1986. In 2000, Bill was appointed to be interim City Manager and then was City Manager before he retired in 2004.
Bill was active in the Pleasanton community, a member of the Rotary Club and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), was known as Keeper of the Keys for the First United Methodist Church, was on the Edwards Underground Water District Board and was very passionate about his animals.
Visitation will be on Monday February 13, 2017 from 2 – 8 p.m., with the family present to receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m., at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton. Services will be Tuesday February 14, 2017, 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pleasanton. Interment will follow at 1:45 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org or 800-805-5856) or The Alzheimers Foundation of America (322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl. New York, NY 10001 or 866-232-8484).