George Arthur Hurley
George Arthur Hurley, who made a name for himself in the Sonoma County bowling community and also was involved in other sports, died June 14, 2013, in Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., of pneumonia and cardiac arrest. He was 71.
Born Aug. 20, 1941, in Klamath Falls, Ore., where he spent his childhood years, he was one of four children of the late Harold Eugene and Alice (Porter) Hurley. He attended school in Klamath Falls and graduated from Sacred Heart High School before earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in history and journalism from Oregon State University.
While serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was a reporter for the Pacific Stars and Stripes between 1962 and 1964. He settled in Santa Rosa in 1964 when he began a 34-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
He was happiest in a bowling alley and until his death he participated in three leagues at Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park. He also enjoyed golfing throughout his adult life. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a coach in women's softball and Little League. He was a San Francisco 49ers diehard and an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Mr. Hurley was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to travel and made several trips to Alaska and Hawaii and also went to Germany. His most recent trip was a cruise through the Panama Canal.
He outlived his wife of 37 years, Ruth Helen (Hopper) Hurley, as well as his sister Rose Hayes.
He is survived by his daughter, Diana Taylor of Santa Rosa; his son, Vincent Hurley of Moreno Valley, Calif.; his step-son, Glenn Kelsey of Moreno Valley; two sisters, Shirley Nealy of Klamath Falls and Patricia Glodowski of Vacaville, Calif.; his brother, Dennis Hurley of Brookings, Ore.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his companion of four years, Linda Lee, of Santa Rosa.
Cremation was through Eggen & Lance Chapel and interment private. There will be a celebration of life Aug. 3, 2013, with details yet to be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Youth Bowling Association through Double Decker Lanes or to any other favorite charity.
Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen and Lance Chapel, 707-545-3747, is in charge of arrangements.
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Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel
1540 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Published in Herald And News on June 23, 2013