Eugene “Gene” David Lamb passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 in his home in Strasburg, Colorado at the age of 91.
Gene was born January 16, 1926 to David and Johanna Lamb on the family farm southeast of Sharon Springs, Kansas. Growing up on the farm during the depression years, Gene helped with the family farming and began his mechanical education learning much from his father and two older brothers. Gene attended a country school through 8th grade and graduated from Wallace County Community High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas in 1942 at the age of 16.
After high school he joined a local swing-jazz band called the Night Owls, playing at local dances and high school proms. It was there he met Eunice Hanavan. The attraction was immediate and enduring and they were married on April 10, 1947 in a simple ceremony in Goodland, Kansas.
Throughout his lifetime, Gene worked a variety of jobs, usually involving auto mechanics and farming. His first employment as an auto mechanic was in Goodland, Kansas at a local Chrysler Plymouth dealership. In 1948, drawn by the desire to own his own business, Gene and Eunice moved back to Sharon Springs where he purchased a local dray business, which consisted of hauling freight as well as U.S. Mail from trains to the post office, along with local lumber yard deliveries. In 1953 Gene and Eunice moved to the Denver area where he worked at the Gates Rubber Company. During these early years of marriage in Kansas and Colorado, Gene and Eunice welcomed four daughters into the family.
Once again, however, country life began to call to them and in 1958 Gene and Eunice bought a small farm just north of Strasburg, Colorado. Gene farmed while also hauling propane and working at various service stations in the surrounding area. Gene opened Gene’s Repair Shop in Strasburg in 1973 which proved to be one of his most rewarding endeavors. In addition, he became a shareholder in a successful gas and propane business, Tri-Valley Gas Company, which grew to 7 locations in the surrounding eastern Colorado area.
Gene was also involved with the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department from 1975-1985 as a firefighter or ambulance attendant making 225 emergency runs during this time. He also serviced and maintained all department vehicles for 20 years at his repair shop.
Country life suited the family well during their girls’ school years; a lifestyle which Gene and Eunice always believed was priceless. In 1981 they sold the farmhouse and moved to their current home in Strasburg. After many long years of hard work, Gene sold his repair shop and retired in 1993.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of over 70 years, Eunice, of Strasburg; daughters Monica Koerner of Katy, Texas, Marilyn Chamberlain of Glendale, Arizona, Malea Lamb of Chandler, Arizona and Melanie (John) Towne of Shelbyville, Illinois; grandchildren Ryan (Melanie) Koerner, Dustin Chamberlain, Danielle (Jon) Roberts, Kelly Towne and Madison Towne; great-grandchildren Jonathan Roberts and Luke Roberts; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Gene in death were his parents David and Johanna Lamb, brother and sister-in-law Ivan and Dellar Lamb, brother and sister-in-law Donald and Della Lamb, and son-in law George (Gary) Koerner, Jr.
Gene was an energetic man with a lifelong interest in learning. He possessed a sharp mechanical mind and could build, repair or figure out most anything. He and Eunice enjoyed their retirement years traveling, visiting friends and relatives, and gardening. They shared a love for their family, many church friends and community friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 17th at 11:00 A.M. at the Byers American Legion Hall, 278 West Front Street, Byers, Colorado. Lunch will be served following the memorial service.
If you so desire, donations can be made in Gene’s name to the Strasburg Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 911, Strasburg, Colorado 80136; or Comanche Crossing Museum, P.O. Box 647, Strasburg, Colorado 80136.
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