Eugene Jacob “Abe” Gamble, 89, Norwalk, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in the Willows of Willard, Ohio.
He was born Dec. 15, 1923, in Norwalk, to Clarence and Florence (Blinzley) Gamble, and was a lifelong area resident. Eugene married Elsie (Heston) Gamble on July 21, 1945, and she preceded him in death in January of 2012.
He was retired from Clay Products, Sandusky, and was a disabled World War II veteran. Eugene was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Norwalk. He loved fishing, and had been a longtime dartball player. He was proud of his military service and of his family. He was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife for many years. It is only fitting that he died on their wedding anniversary date, having been together for 66 years.
Eugene is survived by his three daughters, Nancy (Gene) Brill of Norwalk, Judy (Jim) Schaaf of Attica, Ohio, and Janet (Bob) Ruffing of Attica; 11 grandchildren, Candy (Vito) LaSala, Crystal (Greg) Scott, Jerry Brill, Tammy (Darryll) Sndyer, Dawn (Kevin) Pickett, Jacob (Dawn) Schaaf, Jaime (Joe) Priess, Jarrod (Sarah) Schaaf, Sarah (Kenny) Wells, Becca (Kyle) McConnell, and Andy Ruffing; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Alvin Gamble of New London; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles Gamble in infancy, and Leroy Gamble; and sisters, Delores Horner, Grace Scheid, Jane Ward, and Mary Lou Ridge.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at the funeral home. Rev. Anthony Recker, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church will officiate. Inurnment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, or to the Firelands Post 2743 VFW, 140 Milan Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857.
Condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.