Lambert Norman Heimsoth died peacefully at his home in Cole Camp on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the age of 88 years. He was born on July 23, 1923, at the family farm in rural Cole Camp, a son of Arthur and Pauline (Beckman) Heimsoth and was both baptized and confirmed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church of rural Cole Camp.
On March 5, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, he was united in marriage to Donna Mae Wilkens, who survives of the home. Their marriage was blessed with nine children: Judith, Kenneth, Gary, Steve, Kim, Janis, Randy, Jana, and Brian, as well as 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was a life-long farmer, faithfully taking care of his land and animals. Before selling the business, he and his brother owned and operated Heimsoth Feeds in Ionia. For eight years, he served on the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District board. Lambert and Donna moved from the farm into Cole Camp in 2004. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, where he was active in Walther League, Men’s Club and the choir. He was also a member of the German Club.
He loved family get-togethers and the annual family vacation. He was an avid card player and Cardinal baseball fan. He also enjoyed bus tours, traveling to new places, and meeting new people. He was a devout husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and faithful child of God.
He is survived by: his wife of more than 62 years, Donna Heimsoth of the home; three daughters, Judith (Kenneth) Rehmer, Janis (Todd) Garren, and Jana (Bruce) Emmerich, all of Cole Camp; six sons, Kenneth (Annette) Heimsoth, Gary (Jo Anita) Heimsoth, Steve (Barbara) Heimsoth, Kim (Valerie) Heimsoth, Randy Heimsoth, and Brian (Tamala) Heimsoth, all of Cole Camp; three brothers, Milton (Carlene) Heimsoth and Hilmer (Mildred) Heimsoth, all of Cole Camp, and Elroy (Paula) Heimsoth of Jackson; 21 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Pauline Heimsoth, two sisters, Laura and Elsa, and five brothers, Elmer, Oscar, Ervin, Harold, and Reno.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, with Pastor Todd Kollbaum officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Cole Camp.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp Senior Center, Benton County Hospice, or Our Savior Lutheran Radio Broadcast in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.
Pallbearers will be Chris Rehmer, Tony Heimsoth, Brock Heimsoth, Jason Heimsoth, Bo Skeel and Matthew Heimsoth.