Bill Lamb 78, Grand Forks, went to be with his Lord, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks. "Well Done Good and Faithful Servant" -Matthew 25:21
Bill Lamb was born to Robert and Sylvia (Wicks) Lamb on Nov. 1, 1934, at the family farm near Dunseith. Bill went to school and farmed near the International Peace Garden, north of Dunseith.
Bill married Betty Jane Schneider at the Methodist Church in Dunseith, on Jan. 6, 1957. Later that year, they moved to Grand Forks, where Bill managed Pierce Trailer Sales. During this time, he also served in the National Guard.
In 1960, he began his career with State Farm Insurance, where he was an agent for 38 years, until retiring in 1998. Following retirement, Bill devoted his time to Partners in Progress, where he and several business associates volunteered their time to help save "at risk" farms throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.
Shortly after marrying Betty, Bill become a Born-Again-Christian and devoted his life to furthering the Gospel. He served in leadership and eldership at Bethel Lutheran Church, his church home for many years, and with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bill also offered his leadership to numerous civic organizations as president of Retired Men's Club; past-president of Germans from Russia; past-president of Life Underwriters Association; past-president of the Dakota Blood Bank (where he was still an active board member); and past-president of South Side Development.
One of Bill's greatest passions was his family and he loved nothing more than spending time (especially at his lake home in Park Rapids, Minn.) with his son and daughter-in-law and three granddaughters. His friendships also meant the world to him and he and Betty spent many mornings walking at the mall followed by coffee with friends or entertaining friends at home.
Bill is survived by: his wife of 55 years, Betty, Grand Forks; his son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Deb Lamb, and grandchildren, Allison, Jessica, and Nikki, Woodbury, Minn.; his sister, Priscella (Charles) Anklam, Rolette; sister-in-law, Rochelle Schneider, Sioux Falls, S.D.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Phyllis Schneider, Bismarck; and brother-in-law, David (Leona) Clark, Newport, Wash.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Dorothy Lamb; his sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Clifford Metcalfe; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Doris and Kenneth; and his brother-in-law, Stanley Schneider.
Funeral service: Will be Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 11 a.m., in Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 1616 S. 17th St., Grand Forks.
Burial: Will be in Memorial Park Cemetery of Grand Forks.
Visitation: Will be at Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, followed by a prayer service Sunday from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Arrangements are with Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks.