George Bruce Gurney October 14, 1929 March 12, 2014 George Bruce Gurney, 84, died March 12, 2014, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was born in Aurora, Ill., on Oct. 14, 1929, to George Wayne and Hazel Clark Gurney. He was predeceased by his older sister, Roberta. Upon graduation from Ottawa Township High School in 1947, he served with the U.S. Air Force until 1950. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in June of 1954 from the University of Illinois, where he was a member and officer of the Illinois Chapter of Triangle Fraternity. On Feb. 19, 1955, he married Virginia Halligan in Ottawa, IL. In August 1955, they moved to State College after George was hired as a test engineer at the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel, where he was employed for 32 years. He earned his master's degree in fluid mechanics from Penn State University in August of 1962. After retirement in 1987, he worked as a consultant in the Aeronautical Engineering Department. George was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and earned his Professional Engineering License in 1977. George had a lifetime passion for building and flying model airplanes. He was an active member and past officer of the State College Radio Control Club. In the early 1970s, he helped initiate the Delta Dart model plane program for the elementary schools' Airplane Study Unit in the State College Area School District, where the program continues. He also enjoyed golfing in the Burning Tee Golf League. He served as a Deacon and Elder in the State College Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for 58 years. George is survived by his wife of 59 years, Virginia; daughter Susan Polay, her husband Jon, and grandson Derek Polay of Pine Grove Mills; son David, his wife Dorine, and grandsons Tony and Kevin Gurney of Portland, Ore. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at the State College Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the State College Presbyterian Church, 123 East Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801, or State College Meals on Wheels. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Mar. 16, 2014