Former Juneau resident Melvin Allen Gamble died Oct. 30, 2007, at his home in Wasilla. He was 59.
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He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Angoon, to Andrew and Matilda Gamble. He was Sitka Kaagwaantaan of the Multiplying Wolf House of the lineage of Anaaxoots. His Tlingit name was Kaa.ooshtí. He was Deisheetaan yádi, as his father Andrew Gamble Sr. (Aanya') was from the Raven House in Angoon. He also was a Wooshkeetaan grandchild. His paternal grandfather Gerald Gamble (Kaanshaawoo esh) came from the Thunderbird House of the Aak'w kwaan.
He graduated from Chemawa High School in Salem, Ore. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked various jobs in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. His favorite job was longshoring in Dora Bay, owned by Kootznoowoo Inc.
Family members said he had a passion for fishing and loved to hunt for deer and seal on and around Admiralty Island. He enjoyed sharing stories with his friends of the hunting and fishing trips he had taken. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wasilla and active shareholder of Kootznoowoo and Sealaska Corp. He was also a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 7.
He was preceded in death by his father; sisters, Adeline Porter and Andrea Eames; and brothers, Ivan Gamble and Fenton James.
He is survived by his mother; sisters, Jean Hogue and her husband, Dave, of Edmonds, Wash., and Gina Evans, of Juneau; brothers, Andrew Gamble and Joanne Wiita, of Juneau, and Jerry Gamble and his wife, Cindy, of Craig; niece, Valerie Gamble-Houston and her husband, Harold, of Juneau; nephew, Randy Gamble, of Angoon; aunt, Irene Paul, of Sitka; daughters, Corrine Edwards, of Yakutat, Tonya Morehouse, of Sweet Home, Ore., Melinda Miller and her husband, Rocky, of Kenai, and Melissa Ackley, of Sweet Home; son, Talon Gamble, of Palmer; grandchildren, Zachery Edwards, Tyler Moreland, Kirsten Moreland, Brittney Miller, Rebecca Miller, Brock Miller, Sierra Ackley, Carolyn Ackley, Brook Ackley, Nave Ackley and Bryce Martinez; and many nieces and nephews in Alaska, Minnesota and Washington.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., in Juneau.
The family can be contacted at 9340 Lee Smith Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, or by calling 796-3511.