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Harold William Gamble

1920 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Harold William Gamble Obituary
Harold William Gamble

Harold (Harry) W. Gamble was born in Philadelphia PA on May 13th 1920 to Harold and Mabel Gamble. He attended High School and then, at the young age of 16, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps. His 1st assignment was in the State of Idaho. For 6 years, he participated in establishing and up-dating of many of our US and State National Parks. In 1942, as World War II escalated and the United States was now involved, Harry volunteered for the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Fort Dix N.J. and, with his extensive experience operating equipment and heavy vehicles in the CCC, he was assigned to a Hospital Unit to coordinate and oversee the transportation of the Unit from England to Germany as the US Forces moved toward successfully bringing the war to an end.

Within the Hospital Unit cadre was a young Army nurse named Marjorie Southard. Though Marjorie was an officer ( 1st Lieutenant) and Harry was enlisted ( sergeant E-5) they fell in love and married 3 years later in 1945. They were married in the church of England, honeymooned in Edinburgh Scotland. When they returned to the States, they settled in Camden N.J. Harry was a skilled Ironworker and boiler maker. He was also one of the remaining skilled riveters for many years. After many years in the N.J. area, the family, now with the 4 children, moved to Lynn, Mass., where Harry continued to work as an Ironworker and Boilermaker. He notably worked at the Boston Navy Yard, where his skills and knowledge of riveting were revered. While in Lynn, the brood expanded by two more kids, bringing the total to six.

In 1963, the entire Gamble family moved west to Seattle for new opportunities. Here, they continued to raise their six children while Harry became prominent in the local 86 of the Ironworkers Union. He assisted in the construction of the Westin Hotel, the Seattle First National Building, many buildings for Boeing along with becoming one of the premier ironworkers in erecting and "jumping" tower cranes for many of the Seattle high rise buildings.

Harry retired in June of 1986. He and Marjorie enjoyed the retirement life by traveling on trains and buses to enjoy the scenery and sites this country has they were so proud of serving. This in addition to spending many hours with their 6 children (Jim, Margie, Tom, Trisha, Harry and Kathy) and extended family that now consists of 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. After 68 years of marriage as a proud husband and father, Harry succumbed to a stroke.

Harry passed away on Easter Sunday April 20th and, as was fitting for such a proud veteran, was provided an excellent military honor service on April 25th where the flag was presented to Marjorie by the US Army Honor Guard and he now rests comfortably in Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery.

Donations in his honor may be made to the VFW, 4330 148th Avenue N.E, Redmond, WA 98052.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 4, 2014
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