Joseph Foch Gambill

May 25, 1920December 3, 2012

Joseph Foch Gambill, 92, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Harrisonburg on May 25, 1920 and was the son of the late Dr. John Randolph and Alice Filler Gambill. Joe graduated from Madison College and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at University of Virginia. He taught in Augusta County for 32 years before retiring in 1982.

Joe was a member of Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Harrisonburg Elks Lodge, #450, Spotswood Country Club, and Harrisonburg VFW Post #632. He was a history buff and had spoken at JMU and been interviewed numerous times by WVPT, local newspapers, and local high school students regarding his involvement in WWII. He served in the US Army, Company C out of Harrisonburg, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division and was medically discharged after being wounded in France and obtaining the rank of Captain.

On June 7, 1946, he married the former Catherine “Kitty” Anderson, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, John A. “Andy” Gambill and wife, Kelle, of Magnolia, TX; a daughter, Jane G. Coffaro of Harrisonburg; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenton Gambill of Strasburg, and Dr. John Randolph Gambill of West Des Moines, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Victor, Hamilton and Emerson Gambill; two sisters, Aurelia Gambill and Florence Simon.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 6, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Sam Jones officiating. The casket will be closed.

Memorial contributions may be sent online or mailed to Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675, , or RMH, c/o RMH Foundation, 2010 Health Campus Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 6, 2012

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December 6, 2012

My name is Bob Moreland, and I wish to offer my condolences to Joe's family.I taught with Joe at Buffalo Gap from fall 1970 - June 1975. As a teacher I know Joe was very much respected by students and staff. I knew Joe much more personally, because we shared rides on the 45 min. drive from H'burg to the Gap. I have fond memories of our conversations of his experiences, advice, jokes, and friendship. It was my 2nd year teaching when we started riding together. Even though there was a 26 year age difference you would have never guessed it by our conversations. He was always warn, understanding, complimentary, and wise. I learned a lot from Joe. I will never forget how he always had that Buick warmed up and ready to go on those cold winter mornings even in the gas shortages of the 70's. We had to alternate driving, because I had an odd tag number and his was even. Joe gave us all a part of himself. It is my regret that I never kept in touch after leaving the Gap. He did stop by my house one day to see how I was getting along. This was several years after leaving the Gap. It is my loss I did not follow up with our friendship. Please know I will always remember or time together, and share in your loss. Joe talked often of his love for his family,and his country. He was a good American. I appreciate his sacrifice to our country. I am honored to have known Joe. Respectfully, Bob Moreland

December 6, 2012

My brother Jim sent me this and my thoughts and hugs go out to you Kitty and Andy. Growing up in the "neighorhood the Gamills were always there and close to the "caves". Joe and Kitty were David's second home and he loved you. Now Joe gets to join David and my Mom will be there to wait on them. Love, Sara Purcell Claybrook

Mert Fox

December 6, 2012

We looked up to him, as young lads of Monument Ave. After all, he was a "Veteran Army Officer". Always respected and revered. Having fulfilled his last assignment, he now can rest with his fellow patriot's. I render a farewell salute, sir. Your mission is complete..

wiliam wolfe

December 5, 2012

Joe you will be missed!

-The Wolfe Family

Jim Purcell

December 5, 2012

Monument Ave is a little lonelier now and although Mr. Beck may have lost a listener, Saint Peter has welcomed another member of the "greatest generation" into the flock. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all in this time of sorrow.

Jim Purcell

December 5, 2012

Monument Ave. is a little lonelier today and although Mr. Beck may have lost a listener, Saint Peter has welcomed another member of the "greatest generation" into the flock. God bless y'all in this time of sorrow.

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin D. Kelley

December 4, 2012

May we always remember the mark of this true Patriot and Great Man. May he enjoy his new home in the Master's place. God bless the Gambills and give them great strength and strong resolve in there time of loss and great solice in the truth that by Grace the will be with Mr. Joseph forever one day.

We are praying for yall Andy.