Larry Dean Gourley

Services for Larry Dean Gourley will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., for Mr. Gourley who passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Larry was born on May 17, 1932, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to William and Iva (Stiles) Gourley. He attended elementary and high school in Klamath Falls and Bonanza, Ore. He joined the US Navy in 1949 and served in the Korean Conflict with boots on the ground until 1953. Larry received his undergraduate degree from Southern Oregon College in 1959 and commenced a career in education with the Grants Pass City School District, retiring in 1986. He earned his Masters degree from SOSC in social studies and his administration credentials from the University of Oregon. Before his retirement, Larry also attended Michigan State University and University of California - Berkeley as part of a National Science Foundation Grant, which enabled him to participate in the writing of a nationally used science textbook. Larry and Judy were married in 1990 and have lived in the Rogue River area. After his retirement, Larry developed interests in woodworking, gardening and travel, to go along with his lifelong interests of horses, geography, Oregon history and the outdoors. Larry was especially proud that during his life he had touched every continent and seen every ocean. He had also ridden, on horseback, the Pacific Crest Trail the entire length of Oregon, and participated in the 150th year re-enactment of an Oregon Trail Wagon Train. In September 2008, Larry and Judy travelled to North Dakota, thus completing a journey to all 50 states.

Larry is survived by: his wife, Judy Gourley; son, William and wife Stephanie Gourley, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; son, Glen and wife LeAnn Gourley, of Gresham, Ore.; son, Clifford Gourley, of Monroe, Wash.; daughter, Katherine and husband Bret Colby, of Tacoma, Wash.; brother, Charles and wife Mary Gourley, of Ft. Klamath, Ore.; sister, Diane and husband Mike Lewis, of Bandon, Ore.; stepdaughter, Sheryl Elliott, of Eugene, Ore.; stepson, John and wife Noami Elliott, of Lake Forest Park, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Cindy Slough; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Sharpe. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the charity of your choice in Larry's name. Larry/Dad/Grandpa will be remembered and missed by all.

Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements.