ALEXANDRIA — Robert M. Gamble, 74, passed away March 28, 2014, at Countryside Manor, after an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Jewett, Ohio, to the late John T. Gamble and Clara Constance Engler Gamble. He was the eldest of eight children.
Bob graduated from Jewett High School in 1957, and earned an associate degree from Indiana Vocational Technical College in 1976 in building construction.
In his lifetime he worked at the SCIO Pottery, Y&O Coal Mine and Wierton Steel in Eastern Ohio. After moving his family to Indiana in 1967 he worked for Westinghouse Large Power Transformer Division in Muncie. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was a rural route mail carrier in Yorktown before retiring.
He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Moose Lodge No. 33, and the Rangeline Community Center, serving as coordinator and vice president of the executive board. While employed by Y&O Coal in Eastern Ohio he both played and coached the company baseball and basketball teams; and also the men’s softball team for Westinghouse. He was active in the J.A.A. program at Yorktown where he served as a head coach for both boys baseball and girls softball.
He was a very active member of three square dance clubs in Central Indiana; Muncie Promenaders (vice president), the Dunkirk Chuck Wagon Square, and the Anderson Footloose Squares for 23 years, where he served 17 years as an officer on the executive board, and four years president. He was honorably discharged from military obligations with the United States Marine Corps after serving for six years from June 1957 to June 1963. He spent two years on foreign soil with the Fleet Marine Force in Okinawa, Japan.
He was an avid Big Ten Conference follower, mainly his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. He was also a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians. He enjoyed all outdoor sports especially archery, fishing, and hunting.