Robert L. Lampton, 89, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Libby Care Center.
Bob was born in Eureka on March 23, 1917, to Fred and Bertha Frost Lampton. He was the sixth child in the family of nine. He moved to Libby in 1924.
He loved to act in the high school musicals and plays. He graduated from Libby High School with the class of 1936. He was active in basketball and played softball for the town team.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and went to Germany with the 11th Armored Division as an artillery mechanic with the rank of sergeant. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war he returned to Libby to work at the box factory and in the grocery business. He married Dorothy Dalton on June 6, 1946.
He continued to work in the grocery business throughout his career until he retired. Most people will remember him as the cheerful, happy and friendly man at Rosauers. Bob was very active in both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, serving as post commander for two terms. He was very patriotic and loved to teach people proper flag etiquette.
He was a lifelong Libby Logger fan. He was very family oriented and liked nothing better than to cheer on his children and grandchildren in whatever activities they participated in. He loved to go hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren and have picnics in the snow.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; his parents; his brothers Emmons, Floyd (Turk), Laurance (L.D.) and Frankie; his sisters Mary Campbell, Beulah Benedetti, and Kate Burgess; and his son-in-law Rodney Phillips.
He is survived by his sister Betty Luscher; his children Nancy Phillips of Phoenix, Lee and Linda Lampton of Libby, Larry and Rita Lampton of Libby, and Betty Jean Lampton of Livingston; his grandchildren Teri Koerner, Tami Shockley, Larry Phillips, Jeremy Carr, Eric Lampton, Ivy Lampton, Lucas Lampton, Jared Lampton, Katie Lampton, Jaci Boehler, Jacob Boehler, Adam Boehler and Leah Boehler; and great-grandchildren Brandon, Cody, Ivy, Jonothan, Tyler and Ezra. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Libby. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, at Libby Christian Church. Interment will follow at the city cemetery. Memorials may be given to the VFW Building Fund in Libby.