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Family, friends remember Livingston County businessman James Lamb

James Lamb was a funeral home director, property owner, and realtor over five-plus decades. He was motivated by his love for helping others.

James Lamb was a funeral house director, property proprietor, and realtor over five-plus many years. He was motivated by his love for serving to others.

HOWELL — Livingston County misplaced a longtime businessman on April 28.

James Lamb was a funeral house director, property proprietor, and realtor over five-plus many years. He was motivated by his love for serving to others.

“He just felt like, if you follow your dream, you can achieve it,” his daughter, Wendy Thompson, advised The Daily. “Anything he thought he wanted to try, he did it and he succeeded. That’s how he raised us — to know there’s nothing we can’t do.”

Lamb was 83. He as soon as owned the funeral house that is now Borek Jennings.

“He loved his community and he really felt honored to be part of helping to develop and add to it,” Thompson stated.

Lamb was born Oct. 6, 1940, in Detroit to Burton and Luella Lamb, according to his obituary. He graduated from Clarenceville High School, attended Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan, then accomplished his mortuary science diploma at Wayne State University.

He was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. After coming back from service, he bought the funeral house in Pinckney.

Lamb married Penny (Reynolds) Lamb in 1969. They ran the Lamb Funeral Home collectively whereas elevating their two kids, Wendy Thompson and Michael, in the home hooked up.

“My mom and dad were inseparable,” Thompson stated. “They did every business from the moment they married together. As soon as my brother and I got out of college, we did everything together with them. It was a true family business.”

Lamb and his brother, Gary, bought a second funeral house in Howell and ran each places collectively, in response to his obituary. He moved his household to Howell in 1979.

James and Gary opened two comfort shops and constructed the primary computerized automobile wash in Livingston County, which is now Jax Kar Wash. In the early Nineteen Eighties, they opened a material awning firm referred to as Detroit Awnings.

“He did all these things simultaneously, while he was a funeral director,” Thompson said. “He was pretty amazing.”

In the early 1990s, James and his son, Michael, purchased property on Thompson Lake in Howell. They started two new companies, Lamb and Lamb Development and Brookfield Homes. They developed properties and built single family homes and condos through the late 2000s.

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James and Michael also built and operated Grand River Mini Storage on the west side of Howell. The family established Real Estate One Howell in 2002.

“He enjoyed selling real estate,” Thompson stated. “He loved dealing with people. He loved telling stories, talking to people. He loved the funeral business because he felt connected to the community. He felt like he was a comfort to people in their time of need. That was rewarding for him.”

After Lamb retired from the funeral house, he saved his license and helped at a neighborhood funeral house at any time when wanted. He cherished to journey and loved “lake dwelling.” He was additionally an avid automobile collector.

Lamb was preceded in loss of life by Penny, his spouse of 51 years, and Gary. He was a grandfather to 3.

— Contact reporter Evan Sasiela at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @SalsaEvan.

This article initially appeared on Livingston Daily: ‘He was a comfort’: Family, friends remember Livingston County businessman James Lamb

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