Joe Gamblin

Joe L. Gamblin

Friday, July 19th, 1935 - Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
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Joe L. Gamblin, of Albany, formerly of Lebanon, passed away Tuesday at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House.
Joe was born July 19, 1935 in Centralia, Washington the son of Josiah Littleberry and Agnes Susan (Coney) Gamblin. Joe moved to Lebanon as a child, where he was raised and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1954.
Joe married Kathryne A. Davis on January 22, 1954 in Lebanon. They resided in Lebanon until moving to Albany in 1964. Kathryne preceded him in death on April 18, 2012.
Joe had worked in his early years at his father’s barber shop, where he would shine shoes. His main career was at Wah Chang where he started working on November 16, 1960 and retired as Area Supervisor in 2003.
Joe enjoyed fishing at Clear Lake and on the Alsea River for Salmon. He also enjoyed studying his ancestry, American History especially U.S. Presidents, collecting coins, golfing, and he was a master swimmer. Joe especially loved bonsai and gardening was a long time member of the Corvallis Bonsai Society.
Joe is survived by his daughters, Robin (John) Allen of Albany, Sally (David) Anderson of Carmichael, CA, sister Sue Daily of Lebanon, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother Keith Morton, sister Doris Lipsey and his parents.
Private Interment will be at the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. To leave an online condolence for the family go to
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter and sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.
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    Lebamon I.O.O.F. Cemetery
    Hwy 20 & Cemetery Road
    LEBANON, OR 97355
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Gary Snyder

Posted at 07:13pm
Joe became part of our lives 25 years ago when we moved in across the street. Over the years we developed a close relationship with both Joe and Katy. (I came to regard Joe as a big brother.) We moved away from that house a few years ago and we have managed to stay in touch through having occasional dinners together and stopping by on walks through the old neighborhood. He was a wonderful man and we both will miss him very much......I'm thankful we had the opportunity to know him.
Gary and Kathy Snyder


Posted at 11:00am
I will truly miss Joe. I am writing to send sincere condolences on my behalf and on behalf of the Bonsai Society of Corvallis. Joe was an amazing man who shared life with enthusiasm. He was always willing to help someone in the group with their tree and his advice was right on. He was generous and would give trees to members and also longtime members. He would start clippings in his greenhouse and loved to share them with us all. Joe hosted the Bonsai picnic at his home for many years which was always a great time for all. When we would raffle off trees and starts we wanted to find a good home for Joe loved to call the numbers from a hat. He did many demonstrations for the group and had many projects which he shared. We will truly miss you Joe. Your humor, generosity and kindness will leave an empty spot in all our lives and in the Bonsai world we shared. Marjorie Kinch for the Bonsai Society of Corvallis

Jeff Wimer

Posted at 07:35pm
Marla and I wanted to say that it was our pleasure to have known Joe. We always appreciated and enjoyed his easy going demeanor and was a great neighbor particularly if you had a need. We are sorry to hear of his passing. We are glad for the times that we had with Joe. Our sincere condolences.

Peggy Yoder

Posted at 08:19pm
I knew Joe for many years when I worked for Wee Tree Farm. I operated the bonsai area at Garland's and Joe would bring his trees for me to display and sell. Most of his trees were "pre-bonsai" which we really needed! I personally have a beautiful Corokia Cotoneaster that he gave me about 12 yrs ago when I was visiting him at his home, looking and selecting his trees. He had many very nice older ones that he kept in his backyard for his own enjoyment. He was willing to bonsai anything and would try varieties that were't of the "norm"! I enjoyed my conversations with him; he was an interesting guy and fun to talk to. Yes, he will be missed greatly.
Peggy Yoder

Jennifer Bailes

Posted at 12:36pm
Joe was such a kind and generous person. His knowledge of bonsai and general gardening was amazing. His presence at our club’s bonsai meetings will be sore missed. In fact, just last night we were wondering how he was doing at our most recent meeting. Rest In Peace, Joe!

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