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James Ambler, 84 - January 27, 2010


James Leonard Ambler, 84, of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Gothenburg.
Services were held on Monday, Jan. 25, at the First United Methodist Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Randall L. Dilts officiating. Burial took place at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Ambler was born Jan. 30, 1925, to Harlo and Elsie (Bryant) Ambler, at Atlanta. He graduated from Atlanta High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College and his master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
He served proudly with the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, according to the family.
On May 22, 1949, he married Patricia Ibsen at Upland. The couple have resided in Gothenburg since 1963.
Ambler’s career included being a teacher, a coach, a principal and an athletic director for 41 years. He taught school at Holbrook, Amarillo, TX, Naponee, Broken Bow and Alliance, and the final 27 years in Gothenburg.
He was a member of the Gothenburg Planning and Zoning Committee, Gothenburg Board of Adjustment, Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Crestview Board, Senior Center Policy & Governing Boards, State American Legion Baseball Committee, and served as executive secretary for the Southwest Conference for over 25 years.
Ambler was also a 50-year member of the Methodist Church, a member of the Asbury Sunday School Class, and a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was honored as a recipient of the Gothenburg Honorary Pony Express Riders Award.
He was interested in Gothenburg, kids, Gothenburg High School and its athletic events, fishing, gardening, and especially his grandkids, according to family members.
Ambler was preceded in death by: his parents, Harlo and Elsie Ambler; a daughter, Peggy Jo Ambler; sister, June McGuire; brothers-in-law—Don Reynolds, Ken Gottula and Frank McGuire.
Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Pat; a son, Lennie Ambler of Lexington; daughters—Polly (Mark) Petersen of Las Cruces, NM, and Penny (Dennis) Strand of Imperial; a sister, Beverly Reynolds of DeKalb, IL; sister-in-law, Maxine Gottula of Lincoln; granddaughters—Beth (Kyle) Reynolds, Jeni Petersen, Morgan Strand, Molly Strand and Abby Ambler; grandsons—Jesse Ambler and Alex Strand.
A memorial is to be established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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