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Pearl D. Gamble
Pearl D. GambleT-Bird 1957Pearl D. Gamble, 85, of New Bloomington, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon January 5, 2021 at the Marion General Hospital surrounded by loving family, following a 2 yr. battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born December 9, 1935 in Mt. Victory to the late John and Ida (Albert) Gamble, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, R. Delores (Overly) Gamble, they were married June 17, 1956 and she died April 16, 2005. Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Kim Elaine Mathews and two brothers: Harold and John Gamble.

Pearl was a 1953 graduate of the LaRue High School, he was very proud to be able to attend his 65th class reunion in 2018.

Pearl was a well-known, respected contractor in Marion County, he built many homes and even a log cabin that was featured in a Log Cabin magazine.
He had attended the LaRue United Methodist Church and was a 50 yr. member of the LaRue Lodge #463 F. & A.M.

Pearl loved go-karting, he raced them all over the United States. He was a member of the Vintage Karting Assn. and the World Karting Assn. when he was younger. Pearl was a member of both organizations Halls of Fame and had won 6 National Titles.

Pearl also loved his 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible; it won many bests of show prizes at vintage car shows.

Pearl was very active in his community, serving as a Montgomery Twp. Trustee for 16 yrs., he had also served as Grand Twp. Zoning inspector and served on the Marion County EMA Board for 14 yrs.

Pearl had a passion for sports. He loved watching the Buckeyes and the Indians and when they were in school, his grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife, Barbara (Herbert) Gamble, they were married April 18, 2006 in Marion.
His daughters: Denise (Marke) Lyon of Marion, Linda (Mike) Mills of Marion and Marilyn (Todd) Hassinger of Radnor
Grandchildren: Douglas Lyon, Betsey Lyon, Lauren (fiancé Eric Livingston) Hassinger and Zachary (fiancé Emily Morello) Hassinger
Son-in-law, Tom Mathews of Marion
Stepchildren: Craig (Joy) Smith of Tallahassee, Florida and Kevin (Kristine) Smith of Newark
5 step grandchildren and 1 great grandchild
Twin brother, Vearl (Ruth) Gamble of Marion
Sister-in-law, Debra (Jim) Lynch

Public Graveside services will be held Monday January 11, 2021 at 11:00 am at the LaRue Cemetery, Pastor Debi Berry will officiate. Private family calling hours will be held, with Masonic Services.

The family would like to thank Brian from OhioHealth Hospice, Nurses on MGH 2 east and Greg from Joyce’s Angels for their loving care.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Elgin Alumni Scholarship Fund, checks should be made to M.C.F with Elgin Alumni Scholarship Fund in the memo line, c/o the Marion Community Foundation 504 S. State St. Marion, Ohio 43302 Or Joyce’s Angels, 277 Kensington Place Marion, Ohio 43302

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: John B LaRue
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 3:27 PM

Linda, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I always thought the world of Pearl; what a fierce competitor and great teacher he was. I remember my father telling me to lock onto his rear bumper to learn how to drive the slippery Eaton track! I wish you and your family much peace and comfort. My warmest regards, John LaRue

#2 from: Fred & Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
10484 Hoskins Rd., Richwood
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Our sincere sympathy to Pearl's family.  Remember all of the good times you shared together.

#3 from: Sue Hanby Griffiths
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 6:15 PM

My deepest sympathies to you all at this difficult time.  Keeping you in our prayers.

#4 from: Steve Long and Beth Bishop-Long
Denver, NC
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 7:38 PM

To the Family of Pearl Gamble:
Denise, Linda and Marilyn we send you our sympathy for the passing of your father.  He helped raise 4 wonderful daughters.  Wishing you grace and peace in the coming days.

Steve and Beth

#5 from: Jeff & Suzy Wall
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:24 PM

To the Gamble Family we send our deepest sympathy. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

#6 from: Larry Nibert
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:41 PM

Sorry for your loss.

#7 from: Lauren & Jean Park
 LaRue Ohio
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 10:56 PM

Our deepest sympathy is with your family. Pearl was a great guy, always friendly and and fun to chat with. We are sorry to hear of his passing.  May you find comfort & strength as you reflect on wonderful  memories of your dear loved one!

#8 from: josephine sloop jerry sloop
Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 9:28 AM

So sorry to hear Jerry used to race go carts with him. Prayers to the family

#9 from: Dave/Deb Tevis Clayton
Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 12:01 PM

Barbara, Denise, and extended families...
What a full life your husband/Dad enjoyed. So accomplished with a mix of good old fun at living life. So sorry for your loss.
Sending love and prayers.
...Dave and Deb

Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 3:03 PM


#11 from: Rhonda  and Adam Irey
Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 7:56 PM

Deepest Sympathies to the Gamble family. Pearl was from that era of orneriness and smiles. He will be deeply missed by his remaining HS buddies and friends. May God give you peace and surround you with love and heartfelt memories.

#12 from: Janet Everly
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 5:43 AM

I’m so sorry for the loss of your father Denise. Prayers to his family

#13 from: David Buhler
Orange City, FL
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 12:12 PM

Pearl was a wonderful man to work with. I laid many bricks and blocks on his homes. He often called me to do a job and never asked the cost; he did carpentry for me; we trusted each other. I'm sorry he is not with us anymore. I offer my sympathy to all who knew and loved him.

#14 from: Brian E. Napper
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 3:39 PM

I always enjoyed talking to Pearl. He was an uplifting personality. He raised a very good family. I will miss him.

#15 from: Kathy Fetter
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 9:28 PM

Denise, I send my sincere sympathies to you and your family. It sounds like your Dad had sone fun hobbies and was well respected. Hugs to you from the desert.

#16 from: Mr and Mrs Ellis Hassinger
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 10:08 AM

We send heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Pearl!

#17 from: Bill and Betty McElroy
New Bloomington, OH
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 6:47 PM

We were so sorry to learn of Pearl's passing.  We have many fond memories of him.  Bill said that he always enjoyed sitting down, while working with Pearl at the cemeteries to discuss the Browns and Indians teams.  Of course, Pearl always had a little advice for Coach Mac when Bill was coaching the Lady Comets.  :)  My father also enjoyed working with Pearl at the cemeteries.  Bill says that the three of them often started the day by checking over the mowers and other equipment.  However, that job got delayed quite often if there had been a Lady Comet game the previous night to hash over.  Good times!                                                                                                              My brothe Bob, Pearl and Vearl were together in grades 1 - 12 at the old LaRue School.  Bob enjoyed Pearl's friendship through the years as well.  Consequently, I learned a lot about Pearl's various endeavors with Kart racing and his love of vintage cars through Bob.                                                                         We will miss him and his welcoming smile and easy conversation. By the way, he loved talking about his beautiful girls, their husbands, and the grandkids!  Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of you.       Bill and Betty Jo

#18 from: Joe Zimmerman
Nashport Ohio
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 6:26 PM

So sorry to hear of Pearl's passing. I will miss the way he would "tease" me about how long it would take me to repair a Thunderbird when he would bring his car in for service. Such a great person that would always make me laugh when he came into our shop.He will be deeply missed.

#19 from: Joseph Derringer
Bullhead City, AZ.
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 6:48 PM

My condolences to the family

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