Roger Allen Gourley
Roger Allen Gourley, 74, of Sugar Grove, Pa., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at Corry Memorial Hospital, Corry, Pa. He had spent several weeks prior in the hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 24, 1942, in Sugar Grove, Pa., the son of the late Allen and Ellen Springer Gourley.
Roger was raised and educated in the Sugar Grove area and graduated from Youngsville High School in 1960 where he played on the basketball team. He really enjoyed attending his class reunions each year.
Roger worked as a sheet metal union worker for Sheet Metal Union Local 12 in Erie, Pa., for 35 years and retired from there in 2001. Prior to that, he had served a four-year apprenticeship in Jamestown, N.Y.
He attended the Lottsville United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed working the Harvest Dinner each year. He was also a member of the Moose Club in Florida, Sugar Grove Amvets Post 50 and he Sugar Grove Fire Department.
Roger enjoyed playing softball in the bi-state league and also for the over 30 year old league. He and his wife, Barbara bowled in a Friday night couples league for many years. He pitched horseshoes in the Warren County League.
He coached many of his children’s sports over the years. He also coached the Bucket’s women’s softball team for the Valley Girl’s League. He enjoyed volunteering at the Warren County Fair, where he helped park the RV’s in the campground.
Roger loved camping with family and friends, traveling, golfing, fishing, country music and watching all sports on the T.V. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in his yard with his wife.
He was a loving, caring and a true family man. He loved attending his grandson’s sporting events and activities. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Roger is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Coons Gourley, whom he married March 14, 1964, in Youngsville, Pa.; one daughter, Becky (Tim) O’Sullivan of Erie, Pa.; one son, Tim (Marcia) Gourley of Perry Twp., Ohio; one sister, Joann (Bob) Jackson of Sugar Grove, Pa.; four grandsons: Teagan O’Sullivan, Rowan O’Sullivan, Noah Gourley and Adam Gourley; and many brother- in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Family and friends may call at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 3 Race St., Sugar Grove, Pa., on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service there at 11 a.m. The Rev. Sheila Auer, pastor of the church will officiate.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wrightsville Fire Department, 99 Boardman St., Pittsfield, PA 16340 or to the Lottsville United Methodist Church, 71, Lottsville-Niobe Road, Bear Lake, PA 16402. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home, 316 E. Fifth St., Jamestown, NY.
To light a candle or to send Roger’s family condolences please visit www. presentsixbeyfuneral.com.