- Ada, Oklahoma

June 6, 2013

Kenneth Ray Gurley

Belmont, Calif. —

Kenneth Ray Gurley, 80, Belmont, Calif., died May 31, 2013.

He was born Oct. 16, 1932, at Lightning Ridge, Okla., to Joseph Samuel and Mary Alice (Oliver) Gurley.

Mr. Gurley graduated in 1951 from Fitzhugh High School in Fitzhugh, Okla. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served four years in active duty and four years in the reserves. In 1960, he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Belmont. Mr. Gurley joined the Belmont Fire Department in 1960 and held various positions, such as battalion chief and fire inspector. After 23 years with Belmont Fire /South County Fire Department, he retired. A year later, he began his second career of more than 15 years in the security field, working for Woodlake Apartments in San Mateo, Calif., and College of Notre Dame in Belmont. In addition, Mr. Gurley spent five years coaching girls’ softball with the Belmont Bobby Sox Softball Association.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gurley was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (married 48 years), as well as two sisters, Sylvia Breeden and Mary Ellen Williams and one brother, Joseph Clifford Gurley.

Survivors include two children, Ken D. Gurley (Carolynne Born), Pittsburg, Calif., and Diana DaBaldo (John), San Carlos, Calif.; two sisters, Allene Cobb, Ada, Okla., and Christine Lewis,  Edmond, Okla.; five brothers, Elbert Gurley, Quincy, Wash., Sam Gurley, Wendell Gurley (Treva June) and Floyd Gurley (Pat), all of Ada, and Lloyd Gurley (Mary), Sulphur, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Gina and Stacey DaBaldo.

Friends and family are invited to his memorial service, which will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Crippen & Flynn Carlmont Chapel, 1101 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, Calif.