Benny N. Gambrel

May 16, 1932March 8, 2014
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Benny N. Gambrel Ankeny

Benny N. Gambrel, 81, passed away March 8, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ankeny Funeral Home with burial at Pine Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Benny was born May 16, 1932 in Des Moines to Norman and Gladys Gambrel. He graduated from Woodside High School in 1951. Benny worked for HB Leiserowitz Company for over 50 years before his retirement. He also served in the Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. Benny also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family.

Benny is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann; children, Steve (Nancy), Susan (Chris) Smith, David (Melanie) and Joe; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice in Johnston.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Benny N. Gambrel

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Gene Jackson

March 13, 2014

Mary and Family, So sorry to hear about Benny's passing. He was a fine gentleman and a great neighbor. My deepest condolences.

Judy Bowlby

March 11, 2014

Mary, Benny was such a wonderful person. You two were a perfect match for each other. Blessings to you and your children.

Margie McDowell

March 11, 2014

Mary, I'm so very sorry about Benny. I've always loved you and Benny and my heart is with you. If anything is needed please let me know. Benny was truly blessed with you and know you are the best aunt and uncle a little girl could have been given! All my love to you and your family.

Randy Fenton

March 11, 2014

Sorry to hear about your loss.

peggy maschke (Spray)

March 10, 2014

Aunt Mary I am so very sorry about Uncle Benny. He was a very great guy. I send my prayers to you and family. Love you

Angel Schneider - Spray

March 10, 2014

Aunt Mary I am so sorry - Uncle Benny will be missed by so many. Love you

Marti Corbin

March 10, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Benny.

Tommie Moquin

March 10, 2014

You will be missed, Grandpa Benny ??

Donna Trondson

March 9, 2014

You could always make me laugh.

Donna Trondson

March 9, 2014

Sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Ben. You will be missed.