Troy Allan Lambert

August 29, 1971 ‒ January 12, 2020

Columbus, Ohio

Troy A. Lambert, age 48, of Columbus, OH.

Troy passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 12, 2020.   He was a very active individual with interests in photography, kayaking, hiking, climbing, biking, reading, playing various musical instruments, listening to different styles of music, and working out.  Troy loved to travel.  He had a wonderful trip to Belarus in May 2012 and his latest adventure was in August 2019 to see his favorite band, Metallica, in Prague (with backstage access—truly his dream trip!!).

Troy was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone for a variety of needs:  handyman,  a ride somewhere, helping out a sick friend, being there to listen to one who needed support, volunteering for special fund raising groups or sharing wellness information through awareness venues.

Troy had many great accomplishments throughout his life.   He graduated from Columbus State Community College in June 1996 with an Associate of Applied Science—Graphic Communications Technology.  He also graduated from Franklin University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude and recognized as a member of Sigma Beta Delta.  Early years work he worked at Sears Hardware and was a fitness trainer at California Fitness.  Troy worked many years in the Ohio Health System, at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center from 2003 – 2014 and the Riverside Family Practice Center from 2014 to present.  He was involved in many programs within Ohio Health—Program Innovation, Community Outreach, Wellness Strategies, Health Education, and Service Alignment.  His community involvement included Personal Development Coach (Franklin Univ.), Competitor—2015 Little Miami Triathlon, Supporter — The Bike Lady, Volunteer — Ohio Regional Climbing Championships.

Troy will be profoundly missed by his loving parents, Doris & Butch Russell; sister, Tammy (Anthony) Schultz; nieces, Elexis Schultz & Kendall Sauner, Carol Martin & children Matthew & Danielle, Rodger (Karen) Hamilton, Joyce (Roger) Wood, Marty Forst, and Henrietta (John) Robinson.   Extended families: Wood, Collins, Russell, Robinson, and Romine. Special recognition of his best friend, Kristen Groom & children Connor & Sam.

Troy will be greatly missed by his many friends, family and co-workers.  They may not know, but each of them had an impact on his life and he was appreciative of them sharing his life.

A Celebration of Life & Sharing of Remembrances will be held at 4 PM on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61, (at St. Rt. 3), Sunbury, where Troy’s family will be receiving friends from 2 PM until service time at 4 PM.  Mr. Charles Vachris officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Red Cross of Central Ohio, 995 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205 or Lifeline of Ohio, 770 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212 in Troy’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Troy’s family.  Please leave a memory or condolence for the family on this website.

  • Doris,
    Please know that you and your family are surrounded with my prayers and hugs. My thoughts are with you too during this time of great loss.

  • Doris, those of us who have lost a child unexpectedly know the depths of your grief and sorrow. None of us deserve this. Troy was an outstanding young man and will be missed by many, but none as much as his mom. I know how close you were to him. You are, and will remain in my thoughts and prayers, always.

  • Doris and Butch,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Of the few times I was around Troy, he was very kind and thoughtful enough to make me feel comfortable and welcomed.

    • Thanks Debbie for your note. He was special in making everyone a part of his family & friend groups.

  • Dear Doris,
    As a parent our hope for our child(ren) is to grow into a happy, successful, loving, and kind person. Troy’s story shows me that he had a zest for life and a kind and loving soul. I can’t imagine the grief you are covered in. It will be my prayer and hope that in the next few days and months, stories of Troy’s life and friendships will show you how much he was loved . I pray you find comfort in the retelling of his stories and know his short life was a life well lived.

    • Thanks Susi for your prayers and beautiful note. He will certainly be remembered by so many of us forever.

  • Doris, please know our thoughts are with your family as you navigate the difficult journey in the months ahead. Troy’s obituary painted a picture of a man anyone would be lucky to know – but you were blessed to have him as a son, so the loss, for you, is immeasurable. Sending healing light your way.

    • Shawna, Thank you for your thoughts on our loss. Certainly he was truly a blessing in all of our lives.

  • To the Russell Family:

    We were both shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family and provide guidance to you through your grieving.

  • Doris and Butch,
    You both are wonderful parents of a wonderful man. May God wrap is loving arms around you and provide you peace. Love you both!
    Sherry Nagy

    • Sherry, Thanks so much for all all you do to help us thru these difficult days. A great and caring supportive friend.. Thanks for your thoughtful note and prayers. Lv ya too.

  • Every time I think there are no more tears, more come. The impact he had on my life can not be measured.

    • We know exactly how you feel and know you are missing him so much also. He spoke of you many times over the years. We know that life without him will be difficult for us all. Thanks for your many years of friendship with him.

  • Troy was there for me, always, from helping to build an indoor ramp so my aging dog could go from a family room to the kitchen without negotiating three steps, my mother’s home hospice care until her passing (he even drove up for the services) back in September, and constantly checking on me and my current illness, up to the day he passed. The memories we have from my college party days to the Bob’s Bar crew are priceless. So many other things he was a part of with me that I will always carry. There is a hole in my heart that will never be filled. My deepest condolences to the family…

    • Joe, a great friend to him also. Troy was always there to help you and others, that was the “Troy way”. Thanks for your thoughtful note, we share your grief and loss with many others.

  • I met Troy in high school when your family moved to Sunbury. I considered him then and now one of my dearest friends. We didn’t speak as often as we should have, but we kept tabs on each other through text and Facebook and got together as often as our busy schedules allowed. He was such a wonderful, loving and supportive friend- always making sure I had everything I needed or wanted. I will miss our hikes and our long talks about dating, work and life in general. He gave the absolute BEST hugs. I am still in shock and will miss him dearly. My heart will ache and miss him for the rest of my life. I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some peace in knowing how incredibly loved he was and the effect he had on so many people’s lives.

    • Thanks Kerry for your beautiful note. Troy certainly cared so much for all his friends. He spoke often of things he did with his friends. Loved sharing his life with all of them. Thnaks for being his friend. Great hugs we agree !

  • Kristen,
    I know you are missing your best friend. I’m so sad for you, your kids and Troy’s family

    • Thanks Mindy for your note. Troy certainly will be missed by his family as well as his many, many friends. Doris & Butch, parents.

  • My deepest condolences on the unexpected loss of your son Troy. Though I have never met him, I am still shocked by the news. May your beautiful memories of him sustain and bring comfort to you in this difficult period.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies.
    May your found memories of Troy and the love of your family surround you and give you strength and peace in the days ahead.
    Your Florida neighbour Roger.

    • Roger, Sorry you never had the chance to meet Troy. We were looking forward to his return visit to Fl. Thanks for your note and in sharing our great loss. He was truly a loving, caring son and friend to so many. All of our lives have lost a very special person.

  • God takes the best people from us so early.
    Troy was a great friend and a hard-working student. I can’t believe he passed away.
    I will remember his smile; how he was caring and supportive; out trip to Český Ráj; fries marshmallow in Vyšehrad; Kostelec and Kutná Hora; awesome Metallica’s concert; Letná.

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends.

    • Marina, So glad you were contacted. Thanks for your note. We know how much Troy enjoyed learning from his weekly Russian lessons with you. Sharing his trip to Prague with you was truly one of the highlights of that experience. He loved to tell about the concert with you, the marshmellow roasting and being able to learn more about Prague life & foods. Thanks for being a friend and helping him to expand his life experiences.

  • Doris and Butch

    I’m so sad. My deepest condolences to you. I have been thinking of him all week. Troy was definitely my favorite male cousin. We shared love of travel and he inspired me to play guitar. My kids always have fond memories with him. We will donate in his name. Love to you

    • Thanks Dena for your note. He enjoyed your visit here and sharing with you & your family’s life. So easy to get to know him and always great in expanding his circle of family and friends. Glad you had that visit and appreciate your kind note of remembrances.

  • I first met Troy at a fitness class at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center as he was the instructor and I one of many students. Always willing to share a smile and health and fitness tips. Throughout the years at OhioHealth Riverside we would run into one another and he always took time to ask me how I was doing. I remember one time in the Medical Library he sat down and we just talked and he thanked me for the wonderful conversation and another time he asked if he could walk with me at lunch on the trail around the campus. Troy had such a zest for life and I always felt lifted up after seeing him. I am saddened by this loss and I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and coworkers. Troy always had a smile on his face and took time for others. Troy was a most unique and special human being and has truly touched many lives. He will be sorely missed.

    • Kalyn, We appreciate greatly your note. I remember Troy talking about taking walks with you about the campus. He certainly was one for including people in his life and activities. Thanks so much for being a part of his life. It means so much to hear how he touched others lives. Your words bring us some comfort in our loss.
      Doris & Butch, parents

  • What a wonderful and accomplished young man. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our prayers.

    • Dave & Judy, Thanks so much for your visit that day. That meant so much to us both and know that we appreciated your concern. Such a difficult loss, but knowing that Troy touched so many lives, we know he made a lasting, positive effect on ours and many others lives, brings us some comfort.

  • Dear Doris and Butch
    We are all so very sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very tough time. Our Deepest condolences to the family and friends.
    Love, The Henry and Hoover family’s

    • Dan, Emilie & Paul, Thanks so much for coming that day. You knew of him for so very many years. We are so glad that his life touched so many others and had an impact in a positive way. He had so very many different aspects of his interests and circles of friends. His loss is heart-wrenching for us. But he certainly touched so many other lives, that it helps to bring us some measure if comfort.

  • I am a patient at Riverside Family Practice and I just now heard about Troy’s passing. I am so sad to hear it. I was so blown away to see that Troy is gone. I will always miss him. Troy was often the highlight of my visit. My interaction with Troy almost always made me laugh or smile. When ever I was upset or down I could always count on Troy to cheer me up. I will truly miss him, when I came around the corner of the door today for my appointment I just expected to see him.

    All my love,

    • Dear Ray, Thanks so much for your note. It means a lot to hear from the many people who he had contact with in his life. We are glad that you had a chance to meet our son. The many notes here and cards have brought tears but comfort in knowing that Troy touched so many lives in a positive way. We will all miss his smiles and his way to make your day a better one. Thanks so much for reaching out to us. Doris & Butch

  • I am visiting Riverside Family Practice this morning and was surprised and disappointed not to see Troy’s smiling face and get to chat with him as he checked me in. While I was waiting I saw a sign with his picture on it, so I assumed he won some sort of award – he was that kind of guy. Then I was devastated to read of Troy’s passing s month ago. I am so sorry. Please know Troy was a bright spot in many peoples lives, and I always looked forward to seeing him. He was a grey guy, and I feel lucky to have known him, if even just a little. My deepest condolences. Please rest in peace, Troy.

    • Ted, Your note was read with a thankful heart that you also had the chance to know our son, even if only for a little while. He truly made an impact on so very many lives, more numerous than any of us will ever know. Our hearts are broken in the loss, but filled with the affirmations that he did make a difference in this world to many. Thank you. Doris & Butch, parents