Etmer Leo Lamb, the son of John T. and Mary L. (Witte) Lamb, was born July 16, 1942, in Des Moines. He graduated from the Newton Senior High School with the class of 1960. He served his country in the United States Army. Etmer worked as a meat cutter at Hy Vee and Safeway, retiring in 2005. He had lived in Texas, Iowa, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon and California. Etmer was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ojai and had volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and helped clear many homes that were destroyed during the fires in California and following hurricane Katrina. Etmer helped disaster preparedness training in Ventura County for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Etmer was an avid square dancer with the Ventura B&Bs. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, his church activities and helping anyone find their way to Jesus.
Etmer died Feb. 9, 2021, at Lexington Care Facility in Ventura, Calif. He was 78 years old. Etmer was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Allison Christine Blanck; and his brother, Ken Lamb. Those left to honor Etmer’s memory include his son, Rick (Terri) Lamb; his daughter, Jennifer (John) Blanck; his four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his sisters, Violet Hildreth and Linda Massengale; his brothers, Ron Lamb, Dan Lamb and Jim Lamb; and many nieces and nephews.
A gravside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Newton Union Cemetery. A Facebook Live broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. on the Pence Reese Funeral Home and Cremation Services Facebok page.