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John Roy Gourley

Born: Thu., Nov. 30, 1950
Died: Mon., Mar. 29, 2021


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 07, 2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 07, 2021
Location: Sugar Grove Fire Department

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Apr. 08, 2021
Location: Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church Rec Hall

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John Roy Gourley, 70, a  lifelong resident of Sugar Grove, PA, and a snowbird to Clearwater, FL, completed his journey  and was called home to heaven where he met his savior, Jesus Christ on  March 29, 2021.  John was born on  November 30, 1950 in Jamestown, NY, the son of the late James William and Viola Benson Gourley.  John attended Sugar Grove Elementary School and graduated from Eisenhower High School and Hobart Welding School in Hobart Ohio. John proudly served his country in the United States Marines in Okinawa. He worked at Betts Industries in Warren, Cummins Engine in Jamestown and was retired from his employment at Warren State Hospital where he was a security guard for many years in the Forensic Building.   After his retirement,  John continued to bless his many friends with his  building and painting skills.  He  could do anything you ask him to do and was always ready, willing and able for the task at hand.  He was a generous, honest, hard working, good man who had a strong faith in God and was very supportive to his  family and friends.  John loved volunteering at the Alaska Christian College where he went on several missions  and was planning his next when the Lord called him home.  John had a beautiful voice and will be missed by his Karaoke friends and the many people who loved to hear him sing as he shared his music freely as he went about his work, and was a frequent soloist in weddings, funerals and  church services.    John was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Safety Harbor, Florida and was an avid San Francisco Sports Fan.   Surviving is his wife, Marsha Rotunda Gourley whom he married Sept. 19, 2020 in Sugar Grove; 3 daughters, Tricia (Brian) Donnell of Sugar Grove, Julie (Barry) Mohr of Warren, and Devan VanHouten of Warren;  1 step-son, Kenneth (Kelly) Kendall of Jamestown, NY; 2 stepdaughters, Amy (Andy) Jasper of Warren and Nicole Kendall of Erie; 1 sister, Evelyn (Earl) Woodburn of Bear Lake, PA; 2 brothers, Gary (Peggy) Gourley of Sugar Grove and Paul Gourley of Hendersonville, TN; 2 sister-in-laws,  Patti Gourley and Nancy Gourley both of Sugar Grove;  and 3 sister-in laws and 4 brother-in-laws by marriage; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin and Faith Donnell, Shayna Gourley and Libbey VanHouten;   and 13 step grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Marie Saunders Gourley; a brother, William James Gourley; 2 nieces, Caroline Renee Gourley and Jamie Sue Woodburn Retterer,  and a step-son, Terry Kendall.  A time of visitation will be held at the Sugar Grove Fire Department where the family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm.  CDC requirements of masks and social distancing will be observed.  A  funeral service will be held at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church Rec Hall on Thursday, April 8, 2021  at 11 am with Rev. P.J. Cathcart officiating.  Full Military Honors will follow at a graveside service at the Turnpike Cemetery, Sugar Grove.  The family suggests those wishing to place memorials may do so to the Alaska Christian College, the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department or the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church.  McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc.  of Youngsville and Sugar Grove have been entrusted with all arrangements.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.mckinneyfuneral.com


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Margaret Stino
   Posted Mon April 05, 2021
To John's family - my sincere sympathy and heartfelt sorrow in the loss of John, he was a super nice guy who I have known all my life and know you are all in my thoughts and prayers are you go through this sad, sad time.

Harry and Ruth Ann Devore
   Posted Mon April 05, 2021
A beautiful obituary which out lines his life. I will always remember his free ability to effortlessly sing. It was such a given gift. He cokk I’mld built paint or repair anything. A warm personality that would could reach everyone’s interest. He’s left us with many great memories. We will miss him.

Ann Eckman
   Posted Mon April 05, 2021
I am so very sorry to all. Sending prayers and love
Peter and Ann Eckman

Rosemary Crooks
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I knew John from Cummins I always enjoyed talking to him. I had not seen him in years then a few years ago I ran into him and we talked for a while catching up with each other on our life’s journey. He was always so uplifting and a genuine nice guy that was always willing to help and listen. John and his family will be in my prayers that the Jesus helps John’s family thru their grieving process. God bless you all and remember John will always live on in your hearts and memories.

Jayne Arnold Carrington
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
So sorry to hear of Johns passing he was a kind and friendly man. I remember him being a wonderful father always involved and helpful. My prayers are with the family.
Jayne Carrington

Donna Mathews
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021
To Marsha and the Gourley family I send love and healing. Marsha my heart breaks for you. I know how happy you were with John. He seemed to be a great guy. I wished I had been able to know him. I'm sorry I cannot attend due to covid, even though I've had both shots. I'm still uncertain about how protected I am. May God continue to bless you

Ronald Kirk
   Posted Tue April 06, 2021

Medium Dish Garden was sent by Tracey Kirk and Autumn Barnard.

With deepest condolences.

Carol Melson
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
My husband Don and I want to extend our condolence to his wife Marsha and all his family. We were shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing.We are sending healing thoughts from Florida

Cynthia R Gourley
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of John. I know he will be missed dearly by his family and friends. John was a good soul, with a kind heart, and was always a good brother-in-law to me. He seemed very happy and content when I saw him last August. Please know that my prayers and love are with you

Cindi R. Bivens Gourley

Edmund Lord
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
I am very sorry to hear about John's passing. We shared some funny story's back when he was working at his Dad's farm, and as a neighbor on 957. I saw him last September down at the New Beginnings, and he was happy and excited to be getting married that month. Prayers to the Gourley family.

Edmund and Myla Lord

   Posted Sun April 11, 2021
I am so sorry for you loss. Your husband and father was a happy friendly man who always stopped and chatted when you saw him. He is in my thoughts.

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