Clyde Junior Gurley, known affectionately as Jack, passed away on July 24, 2023, in Newton, Kansas. He was born on April 28, 1927, in Florence, Kansas to his parents, Helen Gurley and Joseph Gurley.
Jack led a fulfilling career as a production superintendent at Pickrell Drilling Co., Inc. for an impressive span of 42 years. His dedication and expertise in his field were widely recognized and appreciated by his colleagues and the industry as a whole.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jack prioritized education throughout his life. He attended Whitewater High School before pursuing further studies at Salt City Business College. With a thirst for knowledge, he continued his education at the University of Tulsa, earning a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. Later on, he pursued a Master's degree in Spanish from Wichita State University.
Jack's passion for learning was matched by his love for country and service. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy for two years. His military service exemplified his sense of duty and commitment.
Outside of work and military service, Jack cherished the time spent with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Carol Gurley, sons Billy (Traci) Gurley, Darrell Gurley, David (Erin) Evans, four grandchildren, Kristin (John) Gaito, Kevin Gurley, Jace Evans and Matthew Evans. Jack is preceded in death by his son Jackie Gurley, daughter Patti Herring, sister, Jeri Roth.
To honor Jack's memory, a visitation will be held on July 27, 2023 at Petersen Family Funeral Home in Newton from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. A private funeral service and graveside have been planned.
Clyde Junior "Jack" Gurley's legacy will live on through the memories shared with those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will forever be remembered for his exceptional career achievements, unwavering dedication to his family, and his honorable service to his country. His presence will be deeply missed, but his impact on the lives he touched will continue to inspire and uplift for years to come.
Memorial contributions can be made out to Whitewater Community Church and left in care of Petersen Family Funeral Home.