Rocky David Gourley, 68, of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
Rocky was born on October 3, 1953 in Winamac, IN at Carneal Hospital to the late Robert W. and Phyllis E. [Nice] Gourley.
He was a 1971 graduate of Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield, IN; the first graduating class from the new school after consolidation.
Rocky married the love of his life, Laurie Ann Lewis, on June 20, 1987 in Wheatfield at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. Wedding rites were conducted by the late Rev. Roger Sculley. Rocky retired from North White High School after 28 years where he worked as a custodian. In his younger years, he served as Deputy Town Marshal in Wheatfield; working under his dad.
Rocky was a dedicated member of Tippecanoe Christian Church in Winamac where he taught adult Sunday school and served as a deacon and trustee. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, Boone and Crockett Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Future Farmers of America.
Rocky was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He held the unofficial title of “Champion Noodler”.
He was an avid Indiana University Basketball Fan (Go Hoosiers!) and strong supporter of North White High School Athletics. Rocky was always proud of the fact that he scored a three-pointer for the Pulaski Yellow Jackets team in the Memory Lane Basketball Tournament.
Rocky was a loving husband, brother, and uncle. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.
He is survived by:
Laurie Ann [Lewis] Gourley, Winamac, IN Wife
Daisy (Don) Hahn, Star City, IN Sister
Connie (Stan) Myers, Monterey, IN Sister
J. Douglas Gourley, Sr., Winamac, IN Brother
R. Clyde (Lena) Gourley, Winamac, IN Brother
Vickie Pence, Anderson, IN Sister-in-law
Dennis (Carole) Lewis, Hobart, IN Brother-in-law
Karen Lewis, Lake Station, IN Sister-in-law
Kathy (David, Sr.) Davis, Schererville, IN Sister-in-law
Tom (Carolyn) Lewis, Wanatah, IN Brother-in-law
Patty (Matt) Fancher, Brazelton, GA Sister-in-law
Mike (Mary) Lewis, Hebron, IN Brother-in-law
Many Nieces and Nephews (too many to count!)
Preceded in death by:
Robert W. and Phyllis E. [Nice] Gourley, Parents
Ellwood and Bonnie [Rusk] Lewis, Sr., In-laws
Beulah Gourley, Sister-in-law
Joel Pence, Brother-in-law
Ellwood Lewis, Jr., Brother-in-law
Curtis Ellwood Lewis, Brother-in-law
Visitation will be from 2-8 PM EST Friday, January 14, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Ed Clark officiating.
Burial will take place Tippecanoe Cemetery in Winamac, IN.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Tippecanoe Christian Church, North White Athletic Department, or Guardian Angel Hospice.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.