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Raymond Alfred Gourley, age 99, of Union City has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven. He departed his earthly home on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was born on May 29, 1918 in Bloomfield Township, Crawford County, the son of the late Joseph Peter Gourley and Minnie May Nichols Gourley.
He was an active member of the Brown Hill United Methodist Church for many years and in recent years had attended services at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Union City.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and friend. With his strong faith in God, he was an example to everyone around him.
In addition to his church involvement, he worked on the family farm in Cambridge Springs alongside his wife Ruth for over fifty years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Union City Senior Center. He also spent a lot of time with his family. And, in recent years, he enjoyed spending time with his very close friend Helen Snyder.
Besides his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-six years Ruth Frances Wilkins Gourley, a sister Eva Buchanan, a brother Robert Gourley, a daughter Jill Gourley, and a grandson Gregory Troyer.
Raymond is survived by two daughters, Carole Roden and her husband Richard of Union City, and Janice Troyer and her husband Eldon of Union City. Other surviving family members include four grandchildren, Jody Powell and her husband Steve of Union City, Richelle Ransom and her husband Chris of Waterford, Scott Roden and his wife Stephanie of Huntsville, AL, and Janelle VanNoy and her husband Ryan of Canton, PA, as well as eight great-grandchildren, Alyssa Fox and her husband Kurtis, Jarett Powell, Kyra and Conor Ransom, Grayson Roden, Cailyn, Brenna, and Drake VanNoy, and three great-great-grandchildren, Rory, Blakely, and Jazzy Fox.
Family and friends may call at the Robert M. Glenn Funeral Home Inc., 62 South Main Street, Union City on Tuesday, August 8 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 2 Dowman Street, Union City, PA on Wednesday, August 9 at 11 AM with Pastor Tom Hunsberger officiating. Dinner will be served following the service. Interment will be at the Loomis Cemetery in Bloomfield Township next to his wife Ruth.
Published on August 6, 2017
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