CARTERVILLE — Bruce R. Amble, Ph.D., 82, of Carterville, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in First United Methodist Church in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church.

Riggin-Pillatsch and Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.

Bruce was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Gilbert Karlton “G.K.” and Sally (Vergoth) Amble.

He married Bette Jean Adams on June 10, 1962, in Sigourney, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Amble of Carterville; sons, Michael Amble of Lenoir City, Tennessee, and Matthew and Rebecca Amble of Marseilles; daughter, Rebecca and Bradley Craig of Normal; grandchildren, Taylor Craig, Jeremiah Amble, Bailey Craig, Nicholas Amble and Caroline Amble; brother, Brayer and Vicki Amble; cousin, Joey Mulvey; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and brother, G.K. Amble Jr.

After graduating from East Waterloo High School, Bruce served in the U.S. Army. He earned graduate degrees from Northern Iowa University and the University of Iowa and taught at Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls. Bruce completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Des Moines Child Guidance Center. Bruce joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1965 and subsequently was self-employed as a consulting diagnostic clinical psychologist, licensed in Illinois and Kentucky.

He was a talented writer of poetry and fiction. Bruce was a gifted oil painter and enthusiastic chess player. He designed and built many beautiful, useful projects. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, spending summers at the Lake of Egypt and attending symphony and live theater.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Carterville.

To view this obituary and sign the guest register, visit www.rigginpillatschburkefh.com.

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