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
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.