James Roland Gurnsey, Jr., 50, of Templeton, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 3, 2020, of natural causes.
Born April 11, 1970, in Bath, NY, he was a son of James Roland Gurnsey, Sr., and Carol (Hodge) Gurnsey, of Campbell, NY.
Jim was a veteran of the United States Army, and was employed as a truck driver for Hunter Trucking International.
Jim was an Eagle Scout, and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Jim and his wife had a longtime dream of buying a farm, and four years ago, their dream came true. When not farming, he still enjoyed the great outdoors by hunting and fishing. But his greatest joy in life was being a dad.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kate (Reitemeyer) Gurnsey; his children, Erin Renee Gurnsey of Corning, NY, Jessica Rae Rose of Templeton, Katryna Paige Marvel of Butler, Ian Richard (Mariah) Reitemeyer of Butler, and Garrett Matthew Gurnsey of Butler; his grandchildren, Misty, Scarlette, and Edward; two brothers, Matthew (Misty) Gurnsey and Mark (Kelly) Gurnsey; one niece; and five nephews.
A private viewing will be held for his family. Arrangements are in the care of Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Free Care Fund, https://www.givetochildrens.org/freecare. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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