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Rev John Henry Gable

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Rev John Henry Gable

Birth
Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Oct 1966 (aged 50)
West Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Ebenezer, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section E
Memorial ID 56882579 View Source
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8 Oct 1966: The Rev. John H. Gable, former pastor of Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church, Iona, and a former executive secretary of the Lebanon County
Council of Churches, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday in the Reading Hospital. He was 50. The Rev. Mr. Gable, one of the area's best known and most popular clergymen, was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day. He had been in ill health for several years. At the time of his death he was a resident of 125 S. Broad St., Lititz. His wife was recently named a supervisor of the Quincy EUB Orphanage and Home at Lititz Springs Park. His health several years ago restricted and finally terminated the pastoral work of the Rev. Mr. Gable after an approximately 25-year span of service. He began his church work in 1938 while pursuing a pastor's course at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. At that time he was named pastor of the Prairie Chapel of the EUB Church at Farmer City, Ill., a post he held for two years. As a student at Lebanon Valley College, where he received an A. B. degree, he served the pastorate of Lebanon's Ebenezer Church between 1940 and 1944. He was graduated from LVC in 1944. The Rev. Mr. Gable also worked at the Lebanon Steel Foundry while pursuing his education at LVC. He served as pastor of Zion's EUB Church, Reading, between 1944 and 1945; as a U.S. Army chaplain between 1945 and 1955, and at Columbia from 1955 to 1956, when he was named to the Iona church. He relinquished his duties in 1965 due to ill health. A man with a great capacity for hard work, the Rev. Mr. Gable had an abundance of enthusiasm for his vocation. He was an excellent administrator and when he planned and organized a program it almost ran on its own momentum. He served as the first executive secretary of the Lebanon County Council of Churches. Long before the ecumenical movement was started in Rome, the Rev. Mr. Gable had his own program for spreading better understanding between religious faiths. His popularity among those of other religions convictions was as high as it was among his own parishioners. His tolerance for the beliefs of others was among his many fine characteristics. He received a bachelor of divinity degree from the Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1951. The Lebanon Rotary Club was one of the Rev. Mr. Gable's activities outside of his pastoral work and one to which he devoted considerable time and effort. When he was stricken ill and forced to relinquish many of his activities he served as president of the club. Despite his illness, however he frequently attended the club sessions to enjoy the fellowship of the members. His attendance at times was at the expense of considerable personal pain. He attended this week's session Tuesday evening. Throughout his illness his wife, Mildred, was his constant companion and helpmate in his efforts to carry on and be of as much service and help to others as possible. Prior to taking up his residence in Lititz, the Rev. Mr. Gable and his wife resided at 233 E. Cherry St., Palmyra. He was a member of St. John's EUB Church, Lebanon; Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 226, F. and A. M. and the Valley of Harrisburg Consistory. A native of Lebanon, he was a son of the late John H. Gable Sr. and Anna Van Winkle Gable. In addition to his wife, the former Mildred M. Hartman, he is survived by a daughter, Vivian, wife of Rodney Kelley, Palmyra, and a grandson. Two brothers, Carl J., Palmyra, and Allen, Enola, and two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Smith, Palmyra, and Mrs. Jeanette Barlett, Lebanon, also survive. [Lebanon Daily News]


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  • Created by: Bruce Speck
  • Added: 10 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56882579
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56882579/john-henry-gable : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John Henry Gable (25 Apr 1916–7 Oct 1966), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56882579, citing Covenant Greenwood Cemetery, Ebenezer, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Bruce Speck (contributor 46873080) .