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Dwain Gambrel

1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dwain Gambrel Obituary
DWAIN GAMBREL Dwain Gambrel, 83 year old long-time resident of Riverside, CA, passed away March 30, 2016 after a long illness. Born on August 9, 1932 in Possum Hollow, KY to Otto and Tenny Gambrel. He attended high school in Flat Lick, KY until he was 16 and enlisted in the Navy. In fact, he had to have a cousin forge his parents signature to enlist. He was assigned to the USS Turner, a Destroyer, which was commissioned in 1945. The largest part of his enlistment was sailing the Yangtze River in China. The happiest times were shore leave in Shanghai. The worst were the occasional typhoons - especially when he was on Wheel-house duty. When his enlistment was up, Dwain joined the Carpenters Union and remained active on building and remodeling projects for 20 years. He then activated his pilots license and spent the next 30 years flying. First for private parties, then purchased 2 planes of his own and continued this successful venue. Dwain is survived by his loving wife, Dotty Reid-Gambrel; son and daughter-in-law Dwain Gambrel, Jr. and Karen; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Walter Cole; step-sons William and Timothy Reid; step-daughter Stacy Reid; sisters Parley Harris and Sue Gibbs; brother Tommy Gambrel; 3 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his breakfast buddies and his waitress pals at his favorite coffee shop, The Riviera - where he was known as "Blue Boy" because of his blue hats and shirts. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 am Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Elks Riverside Lodge #643 located at 6166 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506. Repast to follow at the Elks Lodge. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 785-4071. Please go to www.akesfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2016
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