Gary Merlin Hurley
March 8, 1945 to October 31, 2020
Gary Merlin Hurley, 75, of Clinton, Missouri, passed away at his home on Saturday, October 31, 2020.
The son of Phares Berdean and Maxine Deloris (Dover) Hurley, he was born on March 8, 1945 in Livonia, Missouri. He was a graduate of the Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Missouri. On March 16, 1968, in Unionville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Kathy Waggoner.
Gary is survived by his wife, Kathy Hurley, of Clinton, Missouri; four children, Todd Hurley and significant other, Terrie McElderry, of Batavia, Iowa, Shelly Holt of Centerville, Iowa, Sandy Cain of Unionville, Missouri, and Kimberly Versteegh and husband, Kelly, of Ottumwa, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Hurley (Austin Finks) of Kirksville, Missouri, Amanda Hurley of Kirksville, Missouri, Courtney Hurley of Kirksville, Missouri, Colton Hurley of Kirksville, Missouri, Austin Versteegh of Ottumwa, Iowa, Brandi Cain of Unionville, Missouri, Ashley Driggers (Kevin) of Plattsburgh, Missouri, Izaiah Rushman of Agency, Iowa, Tanner DeCoteau (Heather) of Unionville, Missouri, and Justyce Hunt of Unionville, Missouri; 22 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lois Hurley, of Ottumwa, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and other family members.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ailey and Marvin Hurley.
Gary was an over-the-road truck driver for many years, working for the Barr Nunn Trucking Company. He was also the President of the Missouri Miners of Hartford, Missouri, for several years.
Gary was an avid deer and duck hunter with duck hunting, as his favorite. He played in a country band for many years and attended bluegrass festivals all over the area, but above all he loved his family the most.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the St. John’s Cemetery in Livonia, Missouri, with Todd Hurley, Pastor of the Church of the Brethren in Libertyville, Iowa. Music was special selections of “I’ll Fly Away” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Memorials have been established for the St. John’s Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family, by logging on to normanfh.com. Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Livonia, Missouri. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.