Robert Lam

Robert LamRobert Leroy Lam, 86, a resident at Silvercrest of Anamosa, formerly of Springville, died Jan. 7, 2009, following an extended illness.

He was born June 23, 1922, the son of Cleveland and Lizzie Bucher Lam in rural Astoria. He married Erma Hoge at Whittier Friends Meeting House. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, David (and Marie Bearkiller) Lam, Steve (and Dawn) Lam, Linda Fay and Mark (and Barbara) Lam, all of Springville; one sister, Velma Ritchie of Indiana; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gregg Lam; and siblings, Della Groff, Nellie White, Bessie Stauffer and Wayne Lam.

He graduated from Astoria High School, and graduated with honors from Coe College. He received his masters of education from University of Iowa.

He worked as a social studies and history teacher at Central City High School for 18 years. He farmed and ran Whittier Print Shop out of his basement.

He was a member of Church of the Brethren in Astoria, Whittier Friends Meeting, National Education Association and Iowa State Education Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at Whittier Friends Meeting House, with a luncheon to follow. There will be no visitation. Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his family.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/14/2009