Amble passes away at 87

Robert Amble

Robert Amble

DAVISON — Robert Amble, former superintendent of Davison Community Schools, died Jan. 20 at Ascension Genesys Hospital. He was 87.

Amble served as superintendent and as a basketball and baseball coach in Davison schools in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In all he served 21 years as superintendent.

According to his obituary, he was a passionate educator, and coached basketball and baseball for years in Houghton Lake and Davison schools. Amble was well-remembered and loved by his athletes, who he regularly referred to as his “boys.”

He also loved golf and never missed a Tigers game in his 87 years. Opening Day of hunting season on Nov. 15 was his favorite “holiday,” as he was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting with his son and family friends.

Amble was born in Detroit, on Dec. 28, 1933 son of the late Charles and Marion Amble. He married Barbara Walker on July 10, 1953 in Harrison, MI. Amble was an avid Central Michigan University (CMU) and Michigan State University (MSU) fan, where he earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, who he met in first grade in Harrison, Barbara; sister, Katie Dobie of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire; the loving father of Jon Amble of Six Lakes, MI and daughter-in-law, Kim Amble of Davison, MI. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Duane; daughter, Karen Amble Leffler (58) and son, Robert Amble Jr. (50).

Cremation has taken place. No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be considered to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of his son, Bob or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of his daughter, Karen.