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Information for James Junior Gambel

9 April, 1925 - 5 December, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

December, 1996

Contributed by Helen Strine

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James J. Gamble

   James J. Gamble, 71, of Nampa died December 5, 1996 at a Nampa hospital following a short, courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 1996 at the LDS Church at 504 11th Ave. No. Bishop Rick Chandler will officiate. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.

    James J. Gamble was born on April 9, 1925, in Idaho Falls, the only child of James Alexander and Geneva Catron Gamble. He was reared and graduated from high school in Idaho Falls. In his senior year of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Pharmacist Mate 1st Class aboard the USS President Hayes in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946. As a child he helped his parents on their dairy farm and during his adolescent years he worked at a drug store. He attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, later going to U.S.A.C. in Logan, Utah where he met his wife-to-be, Coraleen Cressall. They were married on Aug. 19, 1947 in Elko, Nevada and made their home in Payette where Jim began working as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1948 he transferred to Nampa where he worked until his retirement in 1986. After retiring he volunteered at the hospital in the printing press room. He loved to fish, play pinochle with his family, especially on holidays; he loved music and the piano; he always loved dogs and always had a dog. He was a very kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jim took care of his parents until they passed away.

    For the past eight years he enjoyed working on his scroll saw. He made beautiful clocks which he shared with his family and friends.

    Jim served as secretary-treasurer for the Union for a number of years and served as secretary-treasurer for the Grand Lodge, B.R.A.C.

    Jim is survived by his wife, Coraleen Gamble, Nampa; two sons, Dan Steven Gamble, Nampa and Darwin Michael and his wife, Joy Gamble, Homedale; two daughters, May Melinda Brenton and her husband, Brett, and Lisa Jeanne Wilkett and her husband, Ray, all of Nampa; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a great uncle and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, James David Gamble.

    The family will greet friends at the church Monday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The family suggests memorials to Mountain States Tumor Institute West, 308 E. Hawaii Ave., Nampa 83686.

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