Oklahoma's oldest World War II veteran died this week in Nowata at age 105.
Albert Lamb's son Rick said his father had a great sense of humor and always had a funny line.
“In fact, I remember the last joke he told…What did one ocean say to the other ocean? They just waved without saying anything. ” said his son Rick.
Albert served in the Navy in World War II. He was a gunner's mate on the William Dubois Liberty ship and the USS Haley until his honorable discharge. Rick says his father never looked back at him.
“His focus was on today, he was talking about World War II, he was talking about the era of horse-drawn carriages, but he seemed really focused on what was going on today and that tomorrow somehow Maybe he knew how to forget.” Rick.
In 1962 Albert became a Christian and dedicated his life to Christ.
Albert went on 40 mission trips, including to Haiti, where he adopted a first-grade girl and supported her through college.
When he wasn't on mission trips, he worked as an excavator at two Peabody coal plants between Nowata and Vinita.
“He enjoyed the job, the men enjoyed it, he enjoyed the outside work,” Rick said.
Albert spent the last eight months of his life in a Nowata nursing home with his caregiver, James Hamilton.
“I was impressed by Albert's sharpness, strength of mind and strength of will at his age,” Hamilton said.
The two formed a strong bond through their military service and cheering for the Chiefs. He told News On 6 on Christmas that he wanted to see them win.
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And when they won, Albert found another way.
“He didn't know they were going to be in the Super Bowl, but now he does,” Hamilton says.
Funeral services for Albert Lamb will be held at 11 a.m. on February 9th at Stumpf Funeral Home in Nowata. He was then escorted by Patriot Guard Riders to Nowata City Cemetery.