Craig William Lambley 1958-2022

Craig William Lambley, 63, of Akron, Colorado, passed away on December 4, 2022. He was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska, on December 19, 1958, to Marion (Bill) Benton Lambley and Bonnie Lee (Stoltenberg) Lambley. The youngest of five, and the only boy, Craig was doted on by his four sisters, Carol, Cathy, Connie, and Chris.
Craig graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1977. He was a top graduate at Reisch Auctioneer College and married Sandy (Sorey) Lambley on March 10, 1980. He was a successful realtor and banker, and could be found auctioneering on the side. More than that, Craig was a force to be reckoned with, and one of a kind.
Craig’s experience in FFA was a springboard to build successful real estate and banking careers. He believed every person that he met had a purpose and potential and it was his mission to help them find that calling.
The ripple effect that Craig had on those he touched is immeasurable. He leaves a legacy of relationships collected over a lifetime of adventures, experiences, and laughter. The stories and legend of the redneck banker cowboy who loved and gave with all he had will live on.
He was an encourager, advisor, dad, husband, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and most of all a character. Craig sported a mustache year-round and a mullet or flat top haircut, depending on the season. He always seemed to be involved in a variety of antics. He and son Brigham proudly held the record for the most emergency room visits in O’Neill, NE in a three-year period. The only person we knew who almost blew up a campground and lived to tell the tale, Craig was a kick in the pants.
God gave us one Craig Lambley. He was the constant life of the party with a heart bigger than Nebraska and Colorado combined. The kids to whom he gave jobs, the adults to whom he gave loans, and opportunities he created for others’ success are investments that will pay dividends for generations to come.
His passion was bird hunting. He loved his dogs and spending time in God’s creation. This was his spiritual time. Golf was a constant puzzle, and was the activity he chose when he couldn’t be hunting.
He is survived by his wife Sandy Lambley, sisters Carol (Bill) Huffman, Connie (Lee) Jacobsen and Cathy Scott (Warren Lundgren), and children Stacey Aldag, Kim Preston (Mike Bennett), and Brigham (Erin) Lambley, his beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and sister Chris Robinson.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 9, 2022 in Brush, Colorado and Saturday, December 10, 2022 in Ainsworth, Nebraska.