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Jack W. Gamble, 90, of Belt, a retired rural mail carrier and WWII United States Army veteran, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Park Place.

Jack was born March 10, 1923 in Elm Grove, WV, the only son of Ira and Ardath (Russell) Gamble. He was raised in the area and went on to join the United States Army Air Corps. He completed 54 aerial combat missions with the 2nd Bomb Group, 20th squadron as an Aerial Engineer and Upper Turret Gunner on the B-17 "Evil Eye Egbert" in the North African-European Theatre. Upon arrival at Great Falls Army Air Base, Montana (now Malmstrom AFB) on November 30, 1942, he met his first love, Florence Milos of Belt at the PX where she was employed. They were married in January 1943 two months before his deployment.

After the war Jack and Florence moved to Belt to build a home together and raise six children. Jack was a "Jack" of all trades. He was an expert carpenter and mechanic. He remodeled many homes in the Belt area and repaired many cars, tractors, and trucks for friends and neighbors. He didn't know the word "no" and never turned anyone away that needed help whether it be a friend or one of his children. He was a truly good man and never said a bad word about anyone and he did not use swear words. On December 20, 2012 Jack's family proudly watched him receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for "Extraordinary Achievement while participating in aerial flight." Nearly seventy years earlier while on a bombing mission over the Mediterranean Sea, he saved his plane and crew from a live fully-armed fused bomb. Jack was a longtime member of the Belt VFW Post 4198.

Jack is survived by his second wife of nearly 31 years Virginia "Ginny" Gamble of Belt, daughters Patricia Martin of Mukilteo, WA and Pamela Arlint of Yacolt, WA, sons Jack M. Gamble of Great Falls, Jim (Lynne) Gamble of Lewistown, and Michael Gamble of Belt, stepson Steve Abrams of Hillsboro, OR, 25 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his first wife Florence, daughter Michelle Gamble Lander, stepson Jeff Abrams; and step-grandson Jordan Abrams.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am at Kindred Park Place, Great Falls with graveside services with military honors at 1:00 pm at Pleasant View Cemetery in Belt. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 26, 2014
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