Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Patrick Lee Lampert was born in Newcastle, Wyo., March 26, 1952, to Jack and Dorothy (Patten) Lampert. He was the fourth of five boys, being the first to be born in a hospital. As a child he grew up in western Custer County, Pringle and Fairburn, S.D.. In junior high the family moved to Rapid City, S.D., where he graduated high school in 1969.
Pat moved to Denver briefly after high school before joining the U.S. Navy in 1970. Receiving training as an electrician’s mate, he served honorably in combat during Vietnam until his discharge in 1974.
After his service, he worked in a variety of management and sales positions, specializing in wholesale industrial electrical supply. That career moved him across the country from Colorado and Wyoming to Illinois and Indiana. Most recently he was employed at Dodgetown in Rapid City.
Pat was a prodigious cribbage player and loved playing with friends and family every chance he got. He loved to solve crossword puzzles (especially Sunday) and read often, finishing a novel or two a week. He also loved the outdoors, finding peace and serenity in exploring his native Black Hills.
Pat died peacefully Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in Sturgis, S.D. He was 60.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Survivors include his daughter, Angela of Rapid City and her two children Josh and Emily; two sons, Michael (Michele) of Spring Hill, Tenn., and their sons Jacob and Ethan; Zachary of Rapid City; four brothers, Phil and Dave of Custer, S.D., Jerry of Bonita, Calif., and Bob of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and an aunt Mildred Wright of Story, Wyo.
Services were Aug. 6 at Custer Community Church. Burial followed at Cold Springs Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Cold Springs Historical Society of Pringle and the American Cancer Society.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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