Delbert M. “Deb” Gamble
Delbert M. Deb Gamble, Jr., age 79, of 14 North Long Street, Shelby, died Friday, September 10, 2004 at his home after a short illness.
He was born October 7, 1924 in Shelby and was a 1942 graduate of Shelby High School. He was an Army Veteran of WWII serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and was involved in the assault force invasion of Leyte and Okinawa where he received 4 bronze stars and a bronze arrowhead. Deb had been employed at Wilkins Air Force Depot and at Copperweld in Shelby where he retired in 1983 after 21 years of service. He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where he sang in the choir for many years, Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968, Shelby VFW George Broderick Post 291, and Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post 326. For many years he was the parade marshal and played taps at Oakland Cemetery for the Memorial Day observances. Mr. Gamble was a direct descendant of the original Gamble family who were the founders of Shelby when it was known as Gamble’s Mill. He enjoyed playing golf.
Mr. Gamble is survived by his wife, Clara (Caporini) Gamble, whom he wed on January 22, 1947; 3 daughters, Toni (Gary) Watson of Shelby, Debra Myers of Shelby, Julie Ginter of Shelby; 3 grandchildren, Michael Workman, Jamie Godby, Nicole Ginter; 2 great grandchildren, Ashley Workman and Madison Godby; His stepmother, Edith Gamble of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his father, Delbert M. Gamble, Sr., his mother, Florence (Markel) Gamble Levering, and a brother, James Gamble.
Friends may call on Sunday, September 12, 2004, from 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where the rosary will be recited at 8PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Nick Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. The Richland Count Joint Veterans Burial Detail will conduct military graveside services. Memorials may be made to the church or Med Central Hospice.