Edward V. “Ed” Lambin, 84, of Geneseo, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island Emergency Room. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. David Esche officiated. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held Monday, Feb. 11 at Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Ltd., Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Edward Lambin Memorial Fund and will be distributed amongst several local charities.
Ed was born on Jan. 29, 1929, in Melcher, Iowa, the son of Jules and Zelia (Herndon) Lambin. He was a graduate of Alpha High School. He married Donna L. Hanmer on Dec. 31, 1950, in Coal Valley. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. In 1955, he started the Lambin Jewelry Store in Geneseo, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1997. He also drove a school bus for Pinks’ Bus Service in Geneseo for 45 years.
Ed was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, where he was an Elder at the church. He belonged to the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990, the Iowa-Illinois Treasure Hunters, and was a board member of the Geneseo Marriage and Counseling Service. He enjoyed metal detecting, as well as hunting, fishing, camping and collecting coins. He was a Chicago Cubs fan.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; two daughters, Toni (Rick) Quayle of Geneseo and Kelli (Jim) Williams of Geneseo; two sons, Bob Lambin and Ron Lambin, both of Geneseo; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; one sister, Susie (Charles “Coke”) Carlson of Rio; and one brother, Alfred (Joanne) Lambin of Galva. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first grandchild, Maice Quayle; two brothers and one sister.