Huck Gamble, 89, of Oakdale, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, in St. Clair Hospital.
Huck was born on January 2, 1933, in Oakdale, a son of the late Dale and Gertrude (McGuane) Gamble.
There were so many joys that filled Hucks life, one was gardening. Huck loved tending to his garden and always dedicated every good weather day to being outside and caring for his garden. He also greatly enjoyed Big Band music. You could often catch Huck, whistling his favorite tun. Usually, his whistle could depict the mood he was in too.
Mr. Gamble was a jack of all trades and very involved within his community, state, and country. After graduating high school, Huck went to serve in the United States Marine Corps. He was dedicated and proud of his time in the service. After his time in the service Huck came home to “America’s Hometown”, Oakdale, Pennsylvania. Huck was proud to be born and raised in Oakdale and call nearly half the town his family. Mr. Gamble did just about everything he could do in Oakdale, he loved the people of his little town. Huck worked as a mailman, a roofer, a manager at the airport and even was the owner of Open Pantry and the UniMart. Huck was also the past Mayor of Oakdale, past president of counsel and served as a justice of the peace. There was nothing that Huck did not accomplish in Oakdale, he gave back to the town that gave him so much throughout his life. Every parade that was held in town, Huck was there. Every flood that Oakdale suffered, Huck was there to build the community back together and lend a helping hand. That helping hand, his contagious smile and his all around great guy personality, is why the town of Oakdale will be on a list of numerous people that will forever miss Huck.
Although Oakdale filled most of Hucks adult working life so did his position as a State Legislator. Huck served his State Legislator position from 1976-1996. He was proud to be able to fill this time period and enjoyed doing so with other members of our State Legisative Team.
Another huge part of Huck’s life was his family. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, like no other. His heart was full with the family he had and every occasion together was always more special than the last. Being a husband, father, and grandfather, were his favorite roles in life. No job position in his life could have replaced the joy that he experienced being the patriarchy of his family. When Huck married his loving wife Brenda (Josey), 65 years ago, he married his best friend and partner in life. Together they overcame every battle in life and celebrated every joyous moment life gave them. They raised their loving children together and were fortunate enough to see their children grow and raise their children and so on. Seeing the family that Huck had created be so successful was something he was so proud of. Nothing filled his heart with more love, than that of his family.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda (Josey) Gamble, children, Cindi Gamble, Pam Gamble, Lynnie Kopcie, and Fred Chadwick, grandchildren, Sarah (Mike) Klink, Ashley (Mark) Esterheld, Dustin Longerman, Dylan (Maria) Kopcie, and Adam Longerman, great-granddaughters, Ellie and Emma Esterheld, and brother, Bill (Mary) Gamble.
Along with his parents, Huck is preceded in death by his son, Dale Gamble (2019), and brothers, John and Michael Gamble.
All arrangements are private and entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc. and Crematory, 5000 Noblestown Rd., Oakdale (724-693-2800).