UNION, Mich. — Thomas Lambert, 82, a retired Master Chief in the U.S. Navy, passed to his rest March 30 at Hanson Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Master Chief Lambert lived in the Michigan area at different times during his life until he retired in Florida several years ago. He recently returned to live with his son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Jennifer, in Union.
Mr. Lambert was born March 11, 1932, in Lakewood, Ohio, the son of LaVern and Grace (Beebe) Lambert.
He entered into the U.S. Navy in 1950 and earned the rank of Master Chief; he served in the Korean War. He was in the U.S. Navy Air Force as a bombardier, receiving the Korean Service and the National Defense medals. He served in Asia, China and Korea. After the Navy, Thomas worked for NASA during the Apollo missions.
Mr. Lambert is survived by his children, Tim (Jennifer) Lambert of Union, Barbara DeShone of Elkhart, Ind., and Brenda Kunigonis of Elkhart; nine grandchildren; and two sisters, Ann Hummer and Martha Boswell.
There are no services pending. He was cremated, and his remains will buried at sea.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home in Edwardsburg.