Sidney Keith Lambert
Sidney Keith Lambert
October 24, 1930 - May 30, 2017
Sidney Keith Lambert, 86, of Clay County, Texas, died in his home on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in the chapel of Lunnís Colonial Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Nash officiating. Interment will follow at the family cemetery. The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Lunnís. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
A son of the late Mollie Francis Forehand and Oad Elbers Lambert, Sid was born on October 24, 1930, in Vernon, Texas. Sid Lambert worked as an Architect in Wichita Falls Texas and also was a renowned Bronze Sculptor.
As an architect Sid started drawing at the age of four. At the age of six he began taking art seriously. Each day after school he took art lessons and when they finished he would walk three miles to his home in Doanís Crossing, Texas. After high school graduation, Sid worked as an architectural apprentice. Soon afterwards he fell in love with a girl named Rosa Lee, but on an apprentice salary of only ten dollars a week, marriage was impossible. In order to marry her he took leave from his architectural endeavors and began working in an auto body repair shop. Their young marriage was interrupted when the Korean War began and he was drafted. After service, he resumed his architectural apprenticeship for eight years. He passed the Texas Architectural Examination and has continued to build his architectural practice since 1969, leaving the evidence of his award winning talents permanently displayed in the design of many beautiful and functional structures in Wichita Falls including Midwestern State University Library, Lamar Baptist Church, and addition to the Wichita Falls County Club and many other buildings in North Texas.
Sid was also a sculptor and artist. As he grew up on the western trail of Doanís Crossing, wildlife became very important to him. He watched small herds of longhorns, evidentially strays from the Kansas cattle drive, living on an island formed by two channels of the Red River. Sidís rare inborn talent showed itself in his childhood drawing desires. Growing up in the west, flavored by the auto body repair business, and then by a successful architectural design firm, Sid developed a driving desire for absolute perfection in each bronze sculpture he created. Since 1981, this multi-faceted man has designed many western and wildlife bronze sculptures. In such a short period, this works have been prolific and in great demand. They have been exhibited in Texas, Colorado and New York at the Rockwell Museum as well as being proudly displayed at homes around the world.
Determination, detail, design, devotion Ė these words best described Sid. Looking always to the future while holding onto our great western past is a difficult task, but he did it well. He grew up with three brothers and a sister. As the youngest, however, he was always in there with the rest. While the others were riding calves, he wrested a pig and rode with them until he was quickly dismounted by his father. Sid served in Korea for two years as a forward artillery observer and as a radio operator. He became a member of the elite First Cavalry Division Drill Team, The Honor Guard, and the Competition Shooting Team. Before returning to the States, he served in the military intelligence as a photo interpreter. For well over three decades, one person he said has always been the major inspiration through good and bad times was his wife Rosa Lee who is more than just a devoted wife, but a partner in all of their endeavors. As a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, there was a certain aura about Sid Lambert. Behind those eyes are the past, present and future. Family first, his architectural practice, his sculpting and his painting each assume their proper place in a very full life. To know this man was to know unbridled energy and ability tempered by a perspective on life which only comes from faith, wisdom and love.
Sid was a Texas Board Certified Architect, one of seventeen Founding members of the American Institute of Architects, founding member of the Texas Solar Energy Society and commercial panelist of The American Arbitration Association. He was a Master Bronzeman and recognized by the governor and The Texas Commission of Arts for outstanding contributions to the art of Texas. Sid was a former member of The Wichita Falls Historical Preservation Committee and Volunteer for the Arrowhead Ranch Estates Fire Department as well as former President of the Arrowhead Ranch Estates Association.
Along with his parents, Sid was also preceded in death by an infant son, Kerrie Keith and a daughter, Terri Sidonia Lambert. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rosa Lee Lambert; granddaughters Carrie Becker and husband Tom of Wichita Falls, Tonya Wolf and husband Ed of Windthorst, Texas, and 5 great grandchildren.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, 1230 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, TX 76302 or Arrowhead Ranch Estates Fire Department, 22514 FM2393, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.