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The following obituaries are of Raymond Ancle Gambrel (1900-1934):

Raymond Gambrell Died Last Night

Raymond Gambrell died at 8 o'clock last night, January 10, at St. Clara's hospital in Lincoln, where he had been a patient since Sept. 12 when he sustained a broken back and other injuries in the collapse of a bridge which he was assisting in wrecking on Route No. 121, northwest of Lincoln.

We are informed that on account of the nature of the accident a coroners' inquest will be conducted. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Transcribed from The Middletown Ledger, January 11, 1934. Grant Heatherwick, Editor and Proprietor. Courtesy of The Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society.


Injuries received in a bridge accident on route 121 northwest of the city September 12 proved fatal to Raymond A. Gambrel, 33, of Middletown at St. Clara's hospital at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday night.

He was employed by the Clinton Engineering Company of Clinton, Iowa, aiding dismantle of an old bridge over Kickapoo creek when the accident occurred. A section of the bridge gave way and he fell to the ground below and was then struck by a falling timber.

His injuries consisted of a skull fracture and broken back and numerous complications developed during a game four months battle for life.

Raymond A. Gambrel was born in Menard County near Middletown April 10, 1900. He served in the World War and upon returning was married to Miss Lillian McCawley in Springfield September 20, 1923.

She survives with one son, Paul, two brothers, Henry of Alpena, Michigan; and Robert of Chicago and one sister, Mrs. Irene Murton of Springfield.

He was a member of the Middletown Methodist church and the American Legion.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Robert Campbell at the Middletown Methodist church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon and burial will be in Irish Grove Church. The body was removed from the Goff Funeral Home to the Middletown residence this afternoon.

Transcribed from the Lincoln Courier, January 11, 1934. Courtesy of The Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society.

Submitted by: Jason Gambrel

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