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Ralph William Lambert

July 12, 1946 - October 20, 2021

Ralph William LambertRalph William Lambert was born to Chester W. & Ethel(Butterfield)Lambert on July 12, 1946 at the Salem Deaconess Hospital. He died on Oct. 20, 2021 at the Salem Hospital of non-COVID related issues.

Ralph grew up and attended school in McMinnville, graduating from McMinnville High School in 1964. He attended Linfield College for one year and then transferred to Oregon State University and graduated in the Class of the Century in June of 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Ralph went to work for Washington Dept. of Transportation in the Seattle area from 1969 to 1972. He moved to Salem in 1972 and worked for the City of Salem Public Works Dept. as a Civil Engineer, working there, just one month short of 47 years, retiring on Sept. 25, 2019.

He met Linda Neuschwander while attending a folk-dance session at Oregon State University. They became a couple and were married on July 14, 1967. They were married for 39 years and remained friends until the end.

Ralph started his long history with square and round dancing in 1962 with Hicks and Chicks and the Tandem Teens in McMinnville. He started calling and cueing for the OSU Promenades’ in 1966. Over the years he called and cued for various adult and teen clubs in both Washington and Oregon. He held membership in both Callerlab and Roundalab for over 50 years apiece. As well as being very active in local, area and statewide dance organizations. Both Ralph and Linda were involved in putting on the first National Square Dance convention in Oregon in 1994. He was member of the Keizer Elks Lodge. Ralph was very proud of being an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years.

He was proceeded in death by both his mother and father. He is survived by his ex-wife Linda Neuschwander, various nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and his god-daughter, Brooke Davison.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.


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So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing.   I remember hearing Linda tell stories of their square dancing and Ralph being a caller while I worked at Public Works with Linda.   RIP Ralph.  You made a lasting memory in Salem.  

I am sad to hear of Ralph's passing.  I worked with Ralph for over 25 years.  When we worked on the same floor, he would always remember my birthday and bring me a little potted miniature rose.  Ralph had an incredible work ethic and remembered everything he ever worked on.  If a question arose regarding something in the past, someone would always say "ask Ralph!" and he always came through.  My condolences to his family and friends.   

Ralph was a true gentlemen and it was a pleasure to have known him for over 20 years

I only new Ralph for a few years. As a young Engineer at the City, Ralph was an amazing and much appreciated resource. Whenever I had questions about the history of a project or needed to find 30 year old as-builts I would go to Ralph. He always knew exactly where to look and amazed me with how he could remember every detail from a project that was built 30years prior. Thank you Ralph for taking the time to teach, I'll always remember and appreciate you.

Very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing.  A two year retirement is way too short.  Ralph and I were brother Beavers at OSU having graduated a year apart.  Ralph was also  a colleague of mine at the City of Salem for 29 years.   Ralph was my "go-to" man for special projects and always reliable to produce historical information.  I never met a man who was more organized.  He lived near me in SE Salem and I think of him every time I drive by his house.   I will continue to think of him, and would like to express my condolences to his family.


Sending condolences to Ralph’s family. We appreciated his service to the dance community and he’ll be missed. 

Ralph was my dance partner, friend and I was his assistant in teaching choreographed ballroom dancing in the Salem area for many years. We attended meetings, dances, and occasional dinners together. I miss him after teaching with him for almost 20 years. The picture is from happier times as he was receiving a gift from the Independence Wagon Wheelers for his years of service as the club cuer. The lady in the picture is LaVerne Bennett, then president of the club.