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James Roland Gurnsey, Jr.

April 11, 1970 ~ October 3, 2020 (age 50)


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,  To share memories or condolences, please visit

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