LAMBERT “L.D.” CHRISTY
Lambert D. Christy, age 89 of rural Revere, MO, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, while a patient at Fort Madison Community Hospital in Fort Madison, IA.
L. D. was born March 5, 1924 at Dumas, MO one of four children born to Bryan and Estella Hardy Christy, namely, Dale, Edwin, Raymond and himself.
At the age of eight years, making a living during depression times wasn’t easy, and L.D.’s family moved to Bakersfield, CA, for an opportunity for his dad to work in the oil industry. He graduated from Taft High School in California and shortly after his family returned to Revere to the “Hardy Farm”. L. D. joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 years of age. During his service he was a Link Trainer instructing pilots to fly by assimilation.
On November 6, 1946, he was united in marriage to Bertha Mae Stewart at the Methodist Parsonage in Kahoka. Officiating was Rev. Monroe and their attendants were Floyd Elwell and Veva Oilar. They were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Veva and Tena.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bertha Mae Christy of the home; one daughter, Tena Gorham (Dale) of Jamestown, LA; a son-in-law, Ron Hall of Revere, MO; foster son, Mike Fishback (Linda) of Hammond, IN; former daughter-in-law who remained a very important part of his life, Gayle Fishback Sutherland; Mike and Gayle’s daughter, Michelle and family; thirteen grandchildren: Kristy Shannon Brice, Ryan Shannon, Jeremy and Tyler Hobbs, Derek, Max, Aaron, Noah, Jordan and Christian Gorham, Sarah Schuhmacher, Nikki Moritz, and Valerie Borchers; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Edwin J. Christy (Joe Ann) of Chipley, FL;sister-in-law, Jean Meinhardt of Donnellson, IA; two Christy nephews, Alan of Chipley, FL and Roger of FL; as well as his and Bertha Mae’s beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Veva Hall; brother, Dale Christy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Veva and Hugh Oilar, Shirley Ann Stewart, Robert Stewart and wives Ruth and Elgeva, Harr and Mary Stewart, George and Tillie Stewart, and, Bill Stewart.
L.D. and Bertha Mae lived in or near Revere their entire marriage. He farmed all of their married life, loving it better than anything else he ever did. He loved smelling the soil and making sure his rows were straight and perfect. He was a rural mail carrier in Clark County as well, retiring in 1979 after 30 years of employment. At retirement, he was carrying for both Kahoka and Revere. The next twelve years he spent as a car salesmen in the Keokuk area.
More important to L.D. than anything, was his relationship with his Lord, Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Wayland, MO, where he was a former Sunday School teacher, Choir Director, and Song Leader. In addition, he was a Deacon for many years. He had a love that illuminated through his personality that drew kids to him. He loved children, loved his friends, and loved his family. He enjoyed getting together with neighbors drinking coffee and sharing memories at the Revere Community Center.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wayland, MO with Pastor Daniel Fox officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Revere Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to any orphanage of the donor’s choice, the Revere Cemetery, or the Revere Community Center.