Marvin R. Lambert

Marvin R. Lambert, 97, of Winfield, Iowa, passed away on June 23rd at Sunrise Terrace Nursing and Rehab Facility.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Winfield First Presbyterian Church.  Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church.  Burial will be in the Winfield Scott Township Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in memory of Marvin.  The Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Winfield is caring for the family.  Online condolences may be left to the family at

Marvin Ray Lambert was born on January 10th, 1926, the son of Ray and Hazel Lambert, in Washington, Iowa.  As soon as he graduated from high school, in 1944, he entered the army and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  Marvin was wounded in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

On September 3rd, 1950, Marvin married Marilyn Mathews, a union which would last 69 ½ years until her death in April of 2020.  The couple farmed the family farm near Winfield until they retired in 1999.  They are the parents of two daughters, Lorrie Gail (James) Etheredge of Peosta, IA, and Lisé Rae (John) Nelson of Moravia, IA.  They also have five grandchildren, Adam (Tarra) Etheredge, Andrew (Taylor) Etheredge, Dan Nelson, David Nelson, and Elizabeth Nelson. They have two great-grandchildren, Jude and Zaylah.

Marvin served on many boards in the community, the Louisa County Red Cross Board, the Winfield Coop Board, the Community Hall Board, the Sunrise Terrace Nursing Home Board, and the Winfield Library Board.  He was also a member of the Winfield V.F.W., but most important to him was his church.  He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield for over 60 years, serving in all the offices in the church government.  Both he and Marilyn attended Presbyterian General Assembly in 1958.

Marvin loved to read and learn new things.   That is why he and Marilyn traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K.  The Lambert family hosted a Swedish exchange student for a year, Ingrid Nilson, who they still considered as a daughter.  Marvin’s other hobbies through his life were golf, hunting and fishing.

One thing that set Marvin apart is that he never met a stranger.  He could and would talk to anyone!  He would find out their story, just listen to lonely people; he always put others before himself.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary Lou (Lambert) Powdrill, and two nephews.