Lambert P. Ayres, 83, of Lewes died Sunday, July 2, 2006 at Beebe Medical Center. He was a graduate of Millsboro High School Class of 1949 and he furthered his education at the City College of New York and Providence College. He was a civilian electronics technician with the U.S. Army Signal Corps until he entered military service in April of 1943, serving in the 26th Infantry Division in Europe. While in Europe he participated in 4 major campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action in the Battle of the Bulge. After VE Day he served in the Army of Occupation in Europe until his discharge in 1946.
Returning to civilian life, he joined his father and brother in the partnership of Ayres Service Center in Millsboro. During this period he was active in real estate and designed and built several homes in the Millsboro area.
In 1958, after careful reevaluation of the future, he decided to enter the field of commercial banking. He accepted a position as teller with the Lewes Trust Company, later to merge with the Farmer’s Bank. During the five years to follow he acquired a working knowledge of all the bank service departments and he attended several AIB courses completing the pre-standard certificate. He retired from Mellon Bank in November of 1988 where he had served as assistant cashier, trust officer, and then assistant vice president.
Ayres was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, treasurer for the Lewes Little League, and a member of the audit committee for the Beebe Hospital Building Campaign. His hobbies consisted of travel, photography, model construction and Hi-Fi music.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Ruth Hudson of Millsboro, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Paul and Phyllis Ann Hudson, Robert and Lois White, Ann Hudson, and Dorothy Hudson; many nieces and nephews, Reginald Hudson, Daryl Hudson, Sharon Boyce, R.J. Hudson, Pamela Busby, Karen Sue Bastianelli, Suzanne Lingo, Robin Bunting, Stephanie Hughes, Veronica White, Jacquelyn and Adrian Ayres. He is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Harry R. Ayres.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, July 7, at 1 p.m. at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call at noon. Interment with military honors will be in the Millsboro Cemetery.