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Carl B. Gamel, Jr.

July 17, 2017

Services are private.

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Carl B. Gamel, born on February 18, 1927 went to his Savior on July 17, 2017. He was preceded in death after 60 years of marriage by the love of his life MarySue as well as his parents, his brother Frank, his sister Anna Ginter, brother in law Ed Ginter, and his son in law Thomas Junker. He is survived by his youngest brother Eddie(Bobby) Gamel and his eight loving children: Jude (Linda) Gamel, Susan (Ron) Otto, Thomas (Karen) Gamel, Carl Gamel III, Dan (Claire) Gamel, Jo Ann Junker, Diane (Karen Ferris) Gamel, and Mark (Trisha) Gamel. He leaves behind twenty grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren who made him very proud.

Carl was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during the Korean War and he continued to serve his community with quiet humility over the years that followed. Two of his favorite ways to serve were at the Parish Kitchen in Covington and at Saint Matthew House in Bonita Springs. He was a great friend to many. Some he met during his 25 years in Florida; and others were lifelong friends made at Cursio’s, social clubs, and from being a kind soul to all he met. Carl has accomplished many things in his 90 years of life, but his life was his greatest accomplishment. He wanted to share it with everyone, so he wrote every day. Those writing are now published so all could share in his life. He was an example to all of what is wonderful in each one of us, “Our ability to love.” Carl was a devoted husband, a great father, a loving grandfather and great grandfather, your oldest brother, funniest uncle, and best friend. He will be missed by all.

Carl’s true legacy is expressed by his favorite writer, Thomas Merton: “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.”

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 5th at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Taylor Mill, KY. Burial will take place at St. Stephen Cemetery, Ft. Thomas at the convenience of the family.

Memorials, Carl had a great love of Thomas Merton. He was a member of the Thomas Merton Society from it’s early days and supported them for many years. The Abbey is were Thomas Merton began his ministry and Carl supported them also.

Donations to honor Carl can be made payable to the “Merton Center Restricted Fund” and sent to the attention of Dr. Paul Pearson at the Merton Center Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205. Or it is possible to make donations online at: merton.org/give where the donor can also add information that the donation is a tribute to Carl B. Gamel.

Donations may also be made to Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, 3642 Monks Rd, Trappist, KY 40051, and you may add information that the donation is a tribute to Carl B. Gamel.