Kenneth Lampert, 93, devoted Hokie and member of First United Methodist Church

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Kenneth Lampert
Kenneth Lampert

Kenneth Lampert, 93, passed away on Jan. 31, 2017. Born in Chicago to Sadron C. and Elizabeth Bell Lampert on Sept. 17, 1923, Kenny spent his childhood and most of his life in Norfolk.

A devoted Hokie, Kenny, class of 1945 at Virginia Tech, volunteered in 1942 with the Army Air Corps and flew 37 B29 combat missions in the Pacific Theater, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. After WWII, Kenny returned to his studies at Tech and graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

After their marriage in 1950, Kenny and his bride, Virginia, resided in Suffolk, Va., for 19 years. After a career at Farmers, Inc., as plant manager, Kenny became a financial planner in 1961, receiving his Chartered Life Underwriters designation in 1967.

As a member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Suffolk and later at First United Methodist Church, Kenny served as lay leader, and at First Church, also taught Sunday School classes for many years. Active in civic work, he was a former member of the Suffolk Lions Club and after moving to Norfolk, was a member of the Wards Corner Lions Club for over 50 years. He was co-chairman of the Lions Youth Exchange Program, served as president and deputy district governor of Lions, started the Leo Club at Granby High School, and chaired the Red Cross Blood Program and the United Way drive in Suffolk. Kenny was past president of the Virginia Tech Peanut Chapter in Suffolk, was a loyal Hokie Club member, and was a charter member of the Tidewater Estate Planning Council. He was a past president of the Society of Financial Professionals and was a member of the American Legion, Post 57.

Kenny was the beloved husband of Virginia Holladay Lampert for over 66 years. Other survivors include his son, Ken Lampert, and his wife, Sarah; and his daughter, Susan Lampert Smith. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Ted Lampert and wife Lori; Zach Lampert; Katie Lampert Kessler and husband Ben; Daniel Smith; Brian Smith and wife Heather; and Ellen Smith. Kenny is survived by four great-grandchildren: Nate, Caroline, Finn, and Charlie, as well as by his brother-in-law, Jack Holladay. Kenny was predeceased by his son-in-law, Tim Smith, by his parents, and by his siblings: Doris, Sadron, and Ralph Lampert.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be private at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 3031 Luxembourg Avenue, Norfolk, Va. 23509, or to the Lions Youth Exchange Camp, c/o Wards Corner Lions Club, P.O. Box 9502, Norfolk, Va. 23505. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.