Mr. Mitchell “Mike” Lamb, age 85, of Belmont, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Mike was born in Flint , attended Holly High School , joined the Merchant Marines, and celebrated his 16th birthday in Marseilles , France . After his days as a Merchant Marine, Mike joined the US Marines. For 20 years he worked for Mich-Con and then worked as a custodian for 15 years for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, retiring in 1988. Mike was a life member of the Merrit Lamb Post #102 American Legion, and was a 56 year life-member of the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246. When he lived on Silver Lake , he enjoyed fishing, and also enjoyed hunting. One of his greatest joys in life was marrying his wife, Berenice who died on May 27, 2008. He was a Gold Card member at the Casino Club, and he and Berenice really enjoyed visiting the casinos. Mike is survived by his children, Michael and Julie Lamb, LuCinda and Jim Black, Karrie Rouech, Barbara Kiehborth, Craig and Betty Lamb, Sherri and Mike Kling, Irvin “Rick” and Janice Pierman, and Jill Hansen; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of 4 more; sister, Judy; and nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, his sisters, Margaret and Judy preceded him in death. The Service for Mr. Lamb will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Activity Fund for Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, Inc., PO Box 150251 , Grand Rapids , MI 49515 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and prior to the service on Friday.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford