The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 18, 2013

Alfred (Joe) Gourley

GALENA, Kan. — Alfred Joseph (Joe) Gourley, age 80, of Galena, Kan., passed away at 10:35 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Joplin Health and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 2, 1933, in Kansas, he was the son of the late Ira George Gourley and Eva Leford Gourley and had lived in Galena the past 40 years. He worked in maintenance for Fleming Food and was a member of the Teamsters' Union.

He married Dorothy McClain Gourley. She survives.

Additional survivors include two stepdaughters, Karen Channel and husband, Bill, of Joplin, and Kathy Porter and husband, Dave, of Galena; stepson, Joe Paluskas and wife, Shannon, of Coopersville, Mich.; son, Gene Davies, of Caldwell, Kan.; two sisters, Peggy Bellamey and husband, Alvin, of Galena, and Mary Collins, of Galena; two brothers, Jack Gourley and wife, Judy, of Galena, and Keith Gourley, of Baxter Springs, Kan.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including Kenny Gourley and wife, Diana, of Galena. In addition to his parents, a brother, Roy Gourley and two sisters, Virginia Theel and Gleane Channel Killion, preceded him in death.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. Private services will be held at a later date.

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