Jim Gurney

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Funeral services for Jim Gurney, 81 year old Buffalo man who passed away quietly at his home in Buffalo, Saturday evening, will be held Sunday November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo with Father Douglas Wasinger officiating. Visitation will be held from the Harness Funeral Home on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Willow Grove Cemetery with the VFW and American Legion in charge of military graveside services. A Reception will follow the graveside at the American Legion Hall in Buffalo. Donations in Mr. Gurney’s memory may be made to the Buffalo American Legion Post #13 in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams Ave., Buffalo, WY 82834. Online condolences may be made to at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.

James Whiting Gurney Sr. was born on April 6, 1933 in Buffalo, Wyoming to Forrest and Phoebe Gurney. He grew up and went to school in Buffalo and graduated with the class of 1951. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years on The USS Char Submarine that was stationed out of San Diego during the Korean Conflict. Following an honorable discharge in 1955 he returned to Buffalo for a time before moving to Tucson, Arizona where he enrolled at the University of Arizona. He was married on December 28, 1957 to Mary Alice Finley in Buffalo at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church during Christmas Break and the couple returned to Arizona where Jim completed two years of College. They returned to Buffalo where they lived for a few years before moving back to Arizona. Jim took a job with American Smelting and Refining, a Copper Mine outside of Tucson where he was a crusher foreman until he retired in 1994. Jim was an accomplished self- taught electrician, plumber, carpenter, mechanic and all around handyman. Jim’s dream retirement was to travel in a 5th Wheel trailer so they sold their house and traveled all over the United States and Canada for five years with their dually truck and 5th Wheel. They spent their down time from traveling with family in Colorado Springs. Jim became “Papa” and continued to offer his quiet counsel and support to the next generation. He spent countless days traveling to tennis matches, soccer games and karate demonstrations in support of his grandchildren and all of their activities. When they decided to settle down they bought a home in Buffalo where Jim took a job with Ace Hardware where it was his dream job for nine years. After leaving Ace he drove the B.A.T.S. Bus for the senior Center until ill health forced him to completely retire.
He was a member of the American Legion where he held various offices and faithful member of their funeral honor brigade as well as participating in all the Memorial Day Military activities. He also belonged to the VFW, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Forty Niner’s Dance Club.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice of Buffalo; one daughter Laura Lynn Mealer and her husband Don of Moorpark, California; one son James Gurney Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Medford, Oregon; and four grandchildren, Jessica Snorgrass, Alexa Mealer, Liam Gurney and Teagan Gurney. He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Phoebe Gurney.