John Neil Gamble,
62, of Rockford, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his
family, on September 24, 2017, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center,
after a nearly three year heroic and God-filled battle with pancreatic
cancer. John was born on May 13, 1955 in Van Wert, Ohio, to William
(Bill) and Margaret (Craine) Gamble. He married Rickie (Suman) Gamble
on August 18, 1985, who survives in rural Rockford.
addition to his wife, Rickie, are their two daughters: Amanda (Seth)
Kohnen and Ashley Gamble; one grandchild, Micah Kohnen, and one
grandchild expected to arrive in November. Also surviving are his
mother, Margaret Gamble of Willshire; three brothers and a sister: Ray
Gamble, Steve (Kathleen) Gamble, Dean (Angela) Gamble, and Joy (John)
Koch, as well as three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law: Marilyn
(Jerry) Lautzenheiser, Becky (David) White, Rosie Pond, and Kevin
(Becky) Suman; and fourteen nieces and nephews: Michael (Megan) Gamble,
Trent (Betsy) Gamble, Troy (Brittany) Gamble, Kayla (Aaron) Wolf, Karmen
Koch, Michelle (Mark) Bayus, Dawn (Aaron) Brown, Jeff (Camille)
Lautzenheiser, Scott (Ruby) White, Travis White, Erica Pond, Jana (J.
R.) Sigler, Jessica (Bryan) Smalley, and Jade Suman. He was preceded in
death by his father and two nephews: Trey Koch and Jed Pond.
from Parkway High School in 1973. He was a life-long grain farmer with
his father, brothers, and nephews in Mercer and Van Wert counties and
even farmed in Perry County, Ohio, for four years. John was a member of
Praise Point Church in Willshire, Ohio, where he served on the
administrative board and finance committee for many decades. He served
as board president over the years and as co-chair of the building
committee when the church building was built in 2005. He was known for
his engineering feats and ideas including but not limited to: the grain
tank extension for his combine, the “swing away” overhead door post for
his shop, and the idea of moving the parquet gym floor from the former
Parkway High School to Praise Point Church. John was known for his
leadership, problem-solving, and troubleshooting abilities. As busy as
John was, he never turned down an opportunity to spend time with family
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at 10:00 a.m. at Praise Point Church, 555 Decatur Road, Willshire, Ohio, with Pastor Brad Kittle and Pastor Mark Rutledge officiating. Burial will follow at Willshire Cemetery in Willshire, Ohio.
Friends may call at Praise Point Church on Friday, September 29th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00 -8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Preferred memorials may be directed to Praise Point Church, Camp COTUBIC, or Parkway FFA.
Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com.
Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, has been entrusted with John’s arrangements.
Marjorie E. Frahm, age 85, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at her residence
at 8:30 pm, on Sunday, September 24, 2017. She was born May 7, 1932, in
Celina, to the late Harold and Ada (Meyer) Gray. On November 29, 1952,
she married Bernard J.E. Frahm, and he preceded her in death on February
Surviving are two sons, Terry (Martha) Frahm, Celina, and Randy Frahm,
Celina; two grandsons, Adam (Lou Ann) Shively, Goshen, Ind., and Tyler
Frahm, Celina; and a great-granddaughter, Clarica Joyce Shively.
Also preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Brookhart; and four brothers, Jack, Marvin, Mike, and Max Gray.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Hopewell Church.
Graveside services will begin at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 28, 2017
at State Line Cemetery in rural Mercer County, with Rev. Matt Overman,
Memorial contributions can be made to Wayne Street United Methodist
Church, St. Marys – Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
Please leave a condolence to the family @ www.ciscofuneralhome.com.
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