Herbert Charles Gambill

Born: Sun., Apr. 14, 1929
Died: Mon., Dec. 21, 2015

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Herbert (Herb) Charles Gambill

April 14, 1929 – December 21, 2015


Herb, 86, passed away December 21, 2015, at his home near Pilot Rock, Oregon. 

Herb and his twin sister Delia, were born in Wilkes County, North Carolina on April 14, 1929 to John Franklin and Geneva (Ellis) Gambill.

Herb grew up in the Traphill area of Wilkes County, NC.  He attended school and helped his dad with the many duties on the family farm. 

He lost his parents at a young age.  His mother when he was four years old and his father when he was fourteen.  Herb lived with family members for the next three years. 

In 1947, after brother-in-law Joe Faw, had been to Oregon to check out job opportunities in the lumber industry, and upon returning home, he and his wife Mae considered the move to Oregon but were on the fence – so to speak about moving.  Since they couldn’t decide between the two of them they let Herb and Delia cast the final vote, and they said “let’s go to Oregon”.  So in July, 1947, at age 17, they came west to Oregon. 

After arriving in Oregon, Herb immediately went to work for the local lumber company.  At that time it was called Pilot Rock Lumber Company.  It changed names several times through the years and Herb worked there until he retired in June 1995.  At which time it was known as Kinzua Lumber Company.  Besides working in the lumber industry, Herb also farmed and ranched his own property throughout the years until he was unable to do it.

In the summer of 1956 Herb met Yvonne (Vonnie) Kay McGowan.  They were married November 17, 1957.  Herb and Yvonne had four sons, Lanson, Kurtis, John and Brent.  Herb also had a daughter, Amber, by a previous marriage.

Herb is survived by his wife of 58 years, a daughter, four sons, ten grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his six sisters and brother, and an infant great-granddaughter, Joslynn West.  

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Ruth Snively
   Posted Thu December 24, 2015
Vonnie, I am so sorry to hear of Herb's death. You have been so good to your husband, taking care of him at home. Prayers are being sent your way. (He will see your mom & dad before you - and Uncle Charlie, Aunt Opal, Charlene & Larry, etc.) That thought makes me smile. Ruth

Kurtis Gambill
   Posted Thu December 24, 2015
To My wonderful mother for taking such Good Care of my father they are a couple made in heven Love to both of them, and thank you for both being part of my life and such good parents! Love to you both Mom and Dad!!!!!

June Miller
   Posted Mon December 28, 2015
Condolences to the Gambill family.

June Miller
Pilot Rock, OR

Jan Post
   Posted Mon December 28, 2015
Vonnie , thinking of you and your family. Sending love and prayers your way.

Barbarina Courtright Flohr
   Posted Mon December 28, 2015
Vonnie and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Herb was a wonderful man who greatly influenced my life. He is missed dearly.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Tue December 29, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Dan McLaren
   Posted Wed December 30, 2015
Was so sorry to hear of the passing of Herb. Met Herb in 1952 & he will be missed.

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