Charles R. Lambdin

Charles R. Lambdin

Charles R. Lambdin, 88, of Anna, and formerly of Wolf Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on March 16, 1935, in Carbondale, the son of John S. and Esther “Essie” J. Crane Lambdin. 

On Aug. 28, 1954, he married Viola Eastman at the First Methodist Church in Anna.

He was a member of the Wolf Lake Methodist Church. His life was the farm, although he retired at 54, his heart never left. He had an outstanding gift for aviation. He held multiple pilot certifications and was brave enough to fly over the Bermuda Triangle on his way to the Bahamas. 

Family vacations were very important to Charles; he loved to travel. After retirement, he and Viola travelled extensively, especially to Alaska and Canada. 

He enjoyed having coffee each morning with his friends and neighbors in the Bottoms. 

Charles was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. His legacy will continue and he will be dearly missed by so many.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Lambdin; children Deborah (Jim) Stockhausen of Manchester, Mo., Diana (Bruce) Meyer of Parkville, Mo., and Randall “Randy” Lambdin of Wolf Lake; seven grandchildren, Lauren Stockhausen, Jennifer (Corey) Davis, Sara Stockhausen, Bradley Meyer, Matthew (Leni) Lambdin, Eric (Malori) Lambdin and Aaron (Kendall) Lambdin; 10 great-grandchildren, Aria Stockhausen, Avery Eisen, Aida and Alice Davis, and Emma, Owen, Clara, Henry, Ellie, Kate and Carter Lambdin; a sister, Joan Smith of Springfield, Mo.; six nieces; one nephew; other relatives and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jessie Nolan and Judy Monroe; and a brother, Marvin Lambdin.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Brother Jack Thornton officiating. Interment followed in the Jonesboro Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

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