A funeral service celebrating the life of Ernest William Lamp, age 88, of Newark, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 17, at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark with Pastor Mark Pierce officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery with Military Honors.
Ernest William Lamp, known to friends and family as Ernie, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died on November 12, 2017 at the Sharonbrooke Assisted Living facility in Newark, Ohio.
Ernie was born in Newark on August 14, 1929 to the late Floyd and Hattie (Spears) Lamp.
Ernie enjoyed a lifelong love affair with his wife of almost 60 years Jeannie Ann (Chism) Lamp who preceded him in passing in 2012. Sadly the reality holds true, that in the words of the immortal George Jones, “He stopped loving her today.”
Ernie had three sons, Michael (Donna) and Mark Wayne Lamp, both of Newark, and Gary William (Jane) Lamp of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Kimberly (Glenn) Lamp-Foster and Connie Mae (Earl) Richardson both of Newark. Collectively his children garnered four grandchildren for him, Lori Lamp and Yvonne (Jason) Schilling of Newark; Shauntae (“Shaun”) Little of Moundsville, West Virginia and Kyle Lamp of Greensburg, Pennsylvania along with numerous great -grandchildren. A brother, Kenny Lamp, also survives.
In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannie Ann; son, Gary Lamp; daughter, Connie Lamp; and brothers, Raymond, Robert, Gene, Glenn and Floyd Lamp Jr, along with his sister Edith Idleman.
Ernie had a big spirit, a great golf game and an unfettered passion for sports. He especially loved attending Ohio State football and basketball games. In an effort to bring more joy to his golden years, he stopped watching the Cleveland Browns later in life. He loved long walks, mowing his lawn, working in his garden, chasing his grandkids (and sometimes his wife!). He maintained a keen interest in history and politics, and his favorite movie was “No Country for Old Men.” He found great joy in listening to country music and in reading his favorite book “The Last of the Mohicans.” Although Ernie’s politics were conservative, he was surprisingly progressive on some of the major social issues of today. He hated hypocrites, fools, not being able to drive in his later years, Michigan University football and anyone who told him he couldn’t do something.
Ernie was particularly proud of the fact that in his lifetime, he had shot not one but two recorded holes-in-one. He especially loved playing at the Burning Tree Golf Course where he was a member for many years. Since he excelled in all sports it might be easier to list those past-times at he was not an aficionado! And while he was not known to have played polo he could definitely ride a horse. When he was a young adult Ernie loved traveling by motorcycle and seeing the countryside with family and friends.
Ernie served his country proudly for four years during the Korean War by enlisting in the U.S. Army’s Ski Patrol where he was stationed in Alaska. He became an expert with the M1911 .45 caliber pistol and was quite the skier on the slopes. After he left the service, he returned to Newark where he worked for the B & O Railroad, Roper, Continental Can and eventually retired from Larson’s.
“When you are born, you cry and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice and the world cries.” (Old Cherokee Proverb) Ernie would not want anyone to cry for him because he is now driving his car again making Gary ride shotgun as they head out for an early morning tee time. Ernie was certainly the foundation of his family, and no Buckeye game will ever be truly complete without him. Go Bucks!
Friends and family may call Thursday, November 16 from 5 -7 p.m. at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark.
Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Lamp family.