Longtime Juneau resident Charles Gamble died the evening of June 11, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.
Charles was born on July 26, 1925 and raised in Dry Bay near Yakutat. He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) who served his country during World War II with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. He retired in 1986 as a State of Alaska employee.
He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle and a true friend to many throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing on his beloved boat, the "Gambler," and was a regular at Foodland and the post office, where he visited and extended a heartfelt hand of friendship, compassion, respect and kindness. A true gentleman, he will be remembered as a special grandfather and an all-around good man.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eva Gamble and his son, Charles Franklin Gamble, Jr., who served in the army in Vietnam.
He is survived by his wife Margaret (they would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 13); daughters Karen (Don) Webb, of Vancouver, Wash., Marcella (Keith) Whitney, of Juneau, and Charlene (Guy) Ransom of Juneau; grandchildren Dail Webb, Donnell Perdue, Dena Whitney, Dylan Rhyner and Daylene Rhyner; ten great-grandchildren; and sister Lillian Patterson and her family, of Juneau.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall at 320 W. Willoughby Ave., with refreshments provided by the family following the service. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at Northern Light United Church at 400 W. Eleventh Street. Charles will be laid to rest beside his son at Evergreen Cemetery.
Charles requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Glory Hole or Salvation Army.