Gothenburg Resident: Norman Lambertus, age 76 (1937-2013)

Norman Lee Lambertus 76, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on December 9th, 2013, in Eddyville, Nebraska, following a battle with cancer.

He was born November 13th, 1937, to Jess and Hilda (Jobman) Lambertus Hough in Gothenburg.

He attended Gothenburg Public Schools, graduating in 1956. Upon graduation he worked various jobs in the area including at hay mills, as a farms salesman, a meat cutter and The National Guard. He also lived both in Colorado and California doing various work. Upon his return to Gothenburg, he owned and operated the Bar W Lounge for around 30 years, before he had to retire due to ill health.

Norm was an avid football and sports fan, fishing, playing cards, darts and was a pool player. He was active in the APA and in many leagues and won many awards and trips.

Norm was a caring person who never turned down helping others if he could in any way.

On July 6,th 1993, he married Sally (Mettenbrink) Hall at Lexington, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Gothenburg where Norm ran the Bar W and Sally worked at Tenneco and also helped DJ, promo and worked at Bar W part time.

Surviving him are his wife Sally L. Lambertus, two sons: Bruce Lambertus, Rick (Jodee Haugh) Lambertus, both of Gothenburg; four daughters, Melinda ( Mike) LaFond, Bakersfield, California; Louise (Mark) Barnett of Newbury Park, California; Lisa (Gary Hunt) Harris of Kingman, Arizona; Jessica (Ryan) Bollig of Eddyville, Nebraska and three stepdaughters who he lovingly considered his own. Chelsey Hall & Heather (Dan Heinemann) Strickland of Cozad, Nebraska; Tami (Todd) Ekart of Sidney, Nebraska; father in-law, Joseph Mettenbrink, sister in-law Val & Brad Duff, all of Summerville, South Carolina; brother in-law, Joey Mettenbrink of Omaha, Nebraska; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Norm will be missed by all and especially by his dog, Prince II who loved his "daddy Norm" very much.
Memorial Services were held Friday, December 13th, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 77191 Hwy 47, Gothenburg, NE with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.

Inurnment will be at the Gothenburg Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family c/o Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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