WILLSHIRE, Ohio — William (Bill) Emerson Gamble, 82 of Willshire, was
called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 5:58
a.m. at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert, Ohio.
Bill was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on Feb. 7, 1932, to Neil E. and Ruth (Michael) Gamble, who preceded him in death.
Bill was married to Margaret (Craine) Gamble on June 9, 1951. She survives.
Bill is also survived by five children: Ray Gamble of Ohio City,
Steve (Kathy) Gamble of Rockford, John (Rickie) Gamble of Rockford, Dean
(Angie) Gamble of Willshire, and Joy (John) Koch of Huntington, Ind. He
is survived by a sister, Alice (Jack) Clark of Erie, Colo. Bill has
seven grandchildren: Michael Gamble, Trent (Betsey) Gamble, Troy Gamble,
Amanda (Seth) Kohnen, Ashley Gamble, Kayla Koch and Karmen Koch. Bill
also has three great-grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a grandson: Trey Koch, niece: Suzanne Clark, and nephew: Bill Clark.
was a graduate of Hoaglin Jackson High School, the class of 1950, and
president of their FFA chapter. He was a life-long farmer, a seed corn
salesman, and also worked for Ralph Rager Home Improvement. He was also
an avid collector of Oliver tractors. He was a charter member of the
Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association and former author of “Chat with
the Chaplain” column. Bill was a member and former president of the Old
Fashioned Farmers Association and The Oliver Gang. Bill attended
Pleasant Mills Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school
superintendent and teacher.
Friends may visit at the
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, 722 S. Washington Street in Van Wert, on
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. and the hour preceding the funeral
service. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral
home on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, officiated by Rev. Ron Ramsey and Rev.
Mark Rutledge. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are Center for Neurological
Development, Burkettsville, Ohio, or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center,
Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.