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Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory

2515 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction, CO

OBITUARY

Roy L. Gamble

January 14, 1927January 3, 2020

Roy L. Gamble passed away on the evening of January 3rd in his home, surrounded by family and his spouse of 72 years. He was born on January 14, 1927, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Henry Lloyd Gamble and Alma Cope Gamble. He had an older brother, Lloyd (deceased), and an older sister, Maxine (deceased). After attending high school in Tulsa, Roy served in the navy during World War II, and afterwards earned a degree from the University of Tulsa. He married Mary Duke in 1947, and they raised their four children in Tulsa, Houston, and Colorado Springs, settling in their later years in Grand Junction. Roy was a gifted athlete. In his younger years he was a champion hand-ball player. He also played tennis and golf, and was one of the earliest enthusiasts for pickle ball. He played pickle ball regularly until he was over 90 years old. Roy enjoyed an outstanding career in the outdoor advertising industry and owned Colorado West Outdoor Advertising. He was an active community leader throughout his career, serving leadership positions in various civic organizations and was active in local politics. Roy was a wonderful Patriarch. He set a stellar example of commitment to family, integrity, fitness, and enthusiasm for life. He is survived by his wife, Mary Gamble, and his four children – Carol Lake of Salt Lake City, UT, Debbie Hendrickson of Tempe, AZ, Mark Gamble of Grand Junction, CO and Barb Sieczkowski of Tempe, AZ – 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A special thank you to Susan, all the girls from Nightingales Home Care, and the staff and services from the VA Hospital for their love and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the entire HopeWest family for being accommodating and understanding and guiding us through this difficult time. A celebration of life will be held at Callahan Edfast Mortuary, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow at Redlands Mesa Golf Course from 3:30 to 6:00. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to HopeWest.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Laurie Bussey

January 7, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of Roy, he always had a smile and a kind word. One of my favorite memories is when I was working for the billboard company and we had to hand paint several billboards which I was just finishing up. Roy always had an old car or two and usually parked one of them in our shop on North Avenue. I was using the back of the car (as room was limited) to stack the posters that I had finished. I stepped out of the room and then I heard a car start and the garage door going up. The horror of what was about to happen hit me but before I could stop him, Roy was driving the car (with my posters on the back) onto North Avenue. My posters were sliding onto the street, being run over and blowing in the wind. Miraculously, I was able to save most of them, some had been driven over and had to be re-done. I couldn't get mad at him, it was totally unintentional and he was so apologetic when he realized what had happened. We laughed about it many times over the years! He was a big personality and had a generous heart who will be missed by many. He's probably playing pickleball right now!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY