Obituary: William Gourley

William Mancel Gourley, 84, died Dec. 17, 2009 at home with his family around him after a prolonged illness following a stroke in February 1997.

He was was born Dec. 4, 1925, in the family homestead in Robertson, Wyo., the son of Robert Mancel and Eldwana Eileen (Gray). He had two brothers, Robert Roy and Jack Elwin, and one sister, Maxine Valate (Gourley) Rice.

His family moved to Portland when he was 11 After his junior year in high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving during World War II in Germany and Austria.

He married Mary Jane Blain June 28, 1952, in Foster, with later ceremonies at the Portland Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr. Gourley worked as a union construction millwright all over the Northwest for more than 20 years. He and Mary Jane built their home in Foster in 1952 and have resided there ever since.

He enjoyed hunting and taking trips from as far away as Alaska to New Mexico. He enjoyed collecting guns and watching westerns.

He is survived by his wife Jane and their two children, son James Myron Gourley and daughter-in-law Lisa Jean (Easling) and daughter Valerie Jane and son-in-law Craig Phill Orrock; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Jack and sister-in-law Betty; sister Maxine Rice; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gourley was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert “Bob” Gourley; brother-in-law Bill Rice; and lifelong friends G. T. Bray, John L. Gravesgaard and Albert Taylor.

Services were held Dec. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweet Home, with burial at Gilliland Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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