Bob and Pat Lamb Funeral Service | September 2, 2020

Bob and Pat Lamb Funeral Service | September 2, 2020

To the Glory of God and in Memory of Robert and Patricia Lamb

Rev. Gregory Mech | September 2, 2020 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 10:00 am

OBITUARY — Patricia Jean "Pat" Lamb, 89, of Joplin, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020, at Communities of Wildwood in Joplin. Patricia was born August 10, 1931, in Calhan, Colorado, to the union of the late Frank and Doris (Tyler) Kanuch. She was a 1950 graduate of Sherman County High School. 
Robert Lewis "Bob" Lamb, 88, of Joplin, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020, at Communities of Wildwood in Joplin. Bob was born March 29, 1932, in Goodland, Kansas, to the union of the late Perl and Josephine (Cullin) Lamb. He was a 1950 graduate of Sherman County High School where he served as Class President. Bob was also a member of National Honor Society and played football and basketball for state wins. He was proudly active in Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. 
On September 6, 1953, Bob and Pat were united in marriage in Wheatridge, Colorado, and together they had two children, Nancy and David. 
Bob continued his education at Kansas University and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1955. He was also honored with a Professional Degree of Management in Engineering from the University of Missouri - Rolla. During his collegiate career, Bob was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society. 
Pat worked as a dedicated homemaker and served her community in many capacities, including Past President of LWMA and the Dorothea Hoover Historical Museum. She served on numerous local boards, including the Women's Board at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, Joplin Health and Welfare, Joplin Federated Republican Women, Spiva Center for the Arts, various community concerts and even served as a Girl Scout leader. In her spare time, Pat enjoyed oil painting, knitting and crocheting, playing golf, and her most favorite pastime - playing Bridge. 
In January 1955, Bob joined Empire District Electric Company, working as an electrical engineer. A few months after his career began, Bob joined the Air Force and was stationed at the Arnold Engineer Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he worked alongside some of the top German scientists in the construction of wind tunnels for jet engine testing. He earned the rank of Captain before his honorable discharge in 1958. Bob then returned to Empire and worked his way up in rank. He was elected Vice President of Customer Services in October 1974 and Executive Vice President in January 1978. On June 1, 1982, Bob was elected President of Empire District Electric - a position he held until his retirement in March 1997 after a 50-year career. 
Like Pat, Bob also served his community in various capacities during his career, including the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and Joplin United Way. He sat on the boards for the Joplin Industrial Development Authority, Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation, Mercy Regional Health Foundation, American Hospital Association's National Congress of Hospital Governing Boards, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Missouri Southern Foundation, and Board of Regents of MSSU. Bob was also a pillar in the success of the Edison Electric Institute, the MOKAN Power Pool, Southwest Power Pool, and North American Reliability Council. He was recognized as Joplin's Outstanding Citizen in 1987 and Outstanding Community Economic Development Leader for the State of Missouri in 1991. 
Bob and Pat dedicated their lives to Christ and selflessly served their Immanuel Lutheran Church family for many decades. Both Bob and Pat taught Sunday School and enjoyed nothing more than helping others grow in their spiritual relationships. Bob served numerous times as Church President, served on Church Council, the Board of Elders, and worked as the Head of the Shepherds Program and Chairman of the Building Fund. Their unending love for their Lord and Savior has promised that they will always be together and never apart. 
In addition to their parents, Bob and Pat were preceded in death by their son, David Lewis Lamb; and Pat's sister, Carolyn Martin. 
They are survived by their daughter, Nancy Conger, and her husband, John, of Joplin; seven grandchildren, Brandon Durham, Jerod Durham (Shanna), Kallie McGrew (Mike), Kristi Fuemmeler (Tim), Kara Lamb, Kaci Lamb and Samantha Daniels; 14 great-grandchildren, Parker Durham, Lilly Durham, Tori Durham, Nora Durham, Layla McGrew, Maisy McGrew, Ellie Fuemmeler, Graham Fuemmeler, Madyson Barber, Nakiya Lamb, Avery Jo Perkins, Kyson Perkins, Jayce Perkins and Malaky Lamb; Pat's sisters, Peggy Bahe (Wilmer) and Charlene Jasperson (Jim); brother-in-law, Tom Martin; as well as a host of extended family and friends. 
A joint funeral service will be held for Bob and Pat at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin with Pastor Gregory Mech officiating. Burial will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Parker Mortuary, Joplin. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in care of the mortuary. 
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.

To the Glory of God and in Memory of Bob and Pat Lamb

P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

C Amen.

P In Holy Baptism, Bob and Pat Lamb were clothed with the robes of Christ’s righteousness that covered all their sin.  St. Paul says, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

C “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” Rom. 6:3-5

Revelation 21:1–4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. O God of grace and mercy, we give thanks for Your loving-kindness shown to Bob and Pat and to all Your servants who, having finished their course in faith, now rest from their labors.  Grant that we also may be faithful unto death and receive the crown of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Psalm 18:1-3

P I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

C my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

P I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.

C  and I am saved from my enemies.

♫ HYMN 744 “Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound”

Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost but now am found, 

Was blind, but now I see.

The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures.

Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come;

His grace has brought me safe thus far, 

His grace will see me home.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail

And mortal life shall cease,

Amazing grace shall then prevail

In heaven’s joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Then when we’d first begun.

Romans 8:31-39

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

HYMN 576 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”

My hope is built on nothing less 

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

No merit of my own I claim 

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand. 

When darkness veils His lovely face, 

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and story gale 

My anchor holds within the veil.


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand. 

All other ground is sinking sand.  

His oath, His covenant and blood 

Support me in the raging flood;   

When every earthly prop gives way, 

He then is all my hope and stay.


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.  

When He shall come with trumpet sound, 

Oh, may I then in Him be found,

Clothed in His righteousness alone, 

Redeemed to stand before His throne!


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.  

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.





P “I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord.  “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace;

     Your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal You to the nations 

and the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:29-32

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

P “I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord.  “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25

HYMN 922  “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”

Go, My children, with My blessing, Never alone.

Waking, sleeping, I am with you; You are My own.

In My love’s baptismal river 

I have made you Mine forever.

Go, My children, with My blessing—You are My own.

Go, My children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure.

Here you heard My dear Son’s story,

Here you touched Him, saw His glory.

Go, My children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Go, My children, fed and nourished, Closer to Me;

Grow in love and love by serving, Joyful and free.

Here My Spirit’s power filled you;

Here His tender comfort stilled you.

Go, My children, fed and nourished, Closer to Me.

I, the Lord, will bless and keep you And give you peace.

I the Lord will smile upon you And give you peace.

I the Lord will be your Father, 

Savior, Comforter and Brother.

Go, My children, I will keep you And give you peace.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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