Thomas N. Gambrell, 52, of Petoskey, died April 26, 1999, at Northern Michigan Hospital.
Tom was born March 12, 1947, in Oxford, Ind., son of Bates and Mary (Winkleman) Gambrell. Â Tom grew up in Lafayette, Ind., then moved to Traverse City and attended school and graduated from Traverse City High School. Â He then attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, receiving his bachelor's degree in education. Â He also attended insurance school at Michigan State University, where he received his insurance certificate. Â He also attended Life Underwriters Training Council. Â Tom was a certified counselor and licensed insurance counselor.
Tom moved to Petoskey in 1971, and was employed as night supervisor at Giant. Â He also traveled and helped open various Giant stores Â In 1979, he went to work for Farm Bureau as an insurance agent. Â He also served on the Petoskey City Police Auxiliary from 1977-1982.
Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Â Tom was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Â He loved Star Trek movies and dogs.
He was member of Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.
He is survived by his wife Leslie, two daughters: Kim (Andy) Fryczynski of Petoskey, Heather Gambrell of Portage, Mich.; his mother, Mary Gambrell; two stepchildren; Angela Furgeson of Petoskey, Tod Furgeson of Levering; grandchild, Kayla Fryczynski; and two step grandchildren, Sara Furgeson and Samantha Furgeson; sister Judy (Burt) Maier of Coupeville, Wash.; two nieces and one nephew; also numerous brothers-and sisters-in-law. Â Tom was preceded in death by his father in 1985.
Tom's funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey. Â The Rev. David Behling officiated. Â Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Â Memorial contributions were directed to the family. Â [more]