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In Loving Memory

Kenneth J. "Jay" Gurry, Jr.

May 6, 1964 – July 26, 2020

Kenneth James Gurry, Jr. passed away on July 26, 2020, at the age of 56. Jay as known to all, was born May 6, 1964 in Valdosta, Georgia to Kenneth James and Nedra Schultz Gurry. Jay was a graduate of Clear Creek High School and then a proud member of the class of 1986 at Texas A&M University. He excelled in the Corps of Cadets where he achieved the rank of Commanding Officer of Squadron 9. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Texas Air National Guard and then attended Undergraduate Pilot Training in Lubbock, Texas. He served 10 years in the 111th Fighter Squadron flying F-4 Phantoms and F-16 Falcons. After his distinguished military career, Jay joined his father's company, eventually becoming President and CEO of Gurry Mechanical, LP.

Having grown up on the Gulf Coast, Jay would often be found fishing, hunting, playing tennis, and surfing- sometimes even on school days. As an adult, his passion for the outdoors and sporting not only continued, but grew.  It has been said by many that he 'never let the grass grow under his feet', and as he grew older, added more sports including skiing and scuba diving, among others.  His passion for the outdoors was passed down to all of his children, especially his son Trey, who can often be spotted in the waters of Galveston Bay.

Jay's greatest passion was his family. He prayed every day that he would be the best husband, father, son, leader, and friend that he could be to all of the people in his life, and it's safe to say that his prayers were answered! Every single thing that he did was with pure intention.

As a father, Jay made some of his most treasured memories at his weekend home in Round Top, Texas, taking trips to Galveston Island, and traveling to various destinations with his family, including his wife and best friend Kim, daughters Erika and Sydney, and son Trey. As of March, Jay had the pleasure of becoming a grandfather to his first grandchild, Ella Pearl. While his term may have been short, his family marveled at how "JJ" loved and cherished every moment with that baby girl. Also an exemplary son to Ken and Nedra, Jay could often be found on his parents porch in the country watching early morning sunrises. He never failed to set aside time for the ones he loved, and often gave the advice of "Work hard, play harder." He certainly practiced what he preached.

As a highly respected local businessman who was passionate about his community, Jay always gave back by donating his time, money, and efforts, and was an exemplary role model for his family and others.  He served as a past president of Communities in Schools, was Lunar Rendezvous King, was a Men and Women of Heart Gala honoree, charitable supporter of Bay Area Turning Point, and served as a finance chairman at his church.  He also served on boards for The Perry Family YMCA, The Clear Creek Education Foundation, and others.

Jay will be greatly missed by not only his family, but also his many friends, his business family, and community. Luckily, he left behind enough love and cherished memories to last us all a lifetime and beyond. A private service is being held in one of Jay's favorite places, Round Top, Texas.  Pastor Matthew Diehl presiding. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Clear Creek Education Foundation P.O Box 1631, League City, Texas. 77574; or The Perry Family YMCA 1700 League City Parkway, League City, Texas 77573.

Condolences may be sent to the Gurry family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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40 thoughts on “Kenneth J. "Jay" Gurry, Jr.”

  1. In this sorrowful time, may the love of family and strength from friends comfort you.
    Jay was an amazing person that touched so many lives including my own, rest in peace.

  2. My heart stopped when I heard the news. I can't imagine the pain from this loss. I flew F-4s and F-16s with Jay. He was the best. Everyone looked up to him. The world will never be the same. I'm so sorry Kim. Ken and Nedra and your entire family is in my prayers. May God bless your family.

  3. Randy Venable

    Our deepest condolences to all of the Gurry family , we are saddened for the lost of Jay . He had touched so many lives during his time here I have had the pleasure to work for and with him . We in the shop have your family in our hearts and prayers . God Bless your family and Thank you for sharing Him with us . The Shop

  4. Lucas Motycka

    As a young sales engineer straight out of Texas A&M University, Gurry Mechanical was one of my first customers. I remember recognizing very quickly how important it was to Jay to always do the right thing and do it the right way. He was committed to doing things with integrity and character and ensure that those who worked for him and worked with him did the same. As a young man starting my career, he was a wonderful example for me and gave me vision on how I wanted to handle myself and my business both personally and professionally. We will miss you Jay! – Lucas

  5. Doug and Sharon McCann

    We cannot express the sorrow and sadness in our hearts, all our love and prayers go out to Kim, their children Jays parents, sister,and a host of nieces , nephews and other close relatives, Jay was very dear to us and we loved and respected him so much. He will live forever in our hearts and thoughts of the fond memories we shared.

  6. My deepest sympathies go out to the Gurry family. Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. Your family is in my heart and mind. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories of Jay to forever hold in our hearts. Jay wasn't only the best Boss ever, he was a mentor, friend, and the brother I could always look up to. I learned so much from him and the examples he set has always made me strive to be a better person. I will never forget his kindness, and will pray for him and the Gurry Family as he prayed for all of us. My most sincere condolences and may the Lord bless and comfort you and ease the pain of this loss.

  7. Offering our sincerest condolences to the Gurry Family. We met Jay and Kim years ago when our children started playing sports and going to school with Sidney and Trey. I can remember many days at swimming competition, baseball and football games, visiting for hours on end about everything. I loved to hear Jay talk about his days of military service and flying. God Bless you and your family Jay you will be missed……

  8. James (Jim) Buchta

    We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our condolences.
    "Ace-in-the-Hole Retiree Association"

  9. I was deeply sadden Monday morning coming to work to hear about the passing of a great man and boss. My heart is sadden for his beautiful family that he loved so dearly. My heart and prayers go out to each and every member of the Gurry Family. Wishing y'all comfort and love that only the good Lord can bring. My most sincere condolences be with you in this time of sorrow. God has a wonderful angel looking down on each and everyone. Pease be with you


  10. Jay always had a smile to share and I never heard an ill word from him. Served with him for many years, he is missed.

    1. Cort and Lona Proctor

      I was just leaving Moody when Jay was born so did not get to know him even as a child. I know that you both are chrushed at the untimely demise of your wonderful son who made his mark as a patriot and businessman.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of grieving.

  11. Lollie Gonzalez

    My deepest condolences to the Gurry family. When I was told on Monday that Jay had passed. I was shocked of the news, for he was a great person that touched everyone here at Gurry Mechanical and all the people he knew all his life. He will be missed dearly.
    He was my boss, mentor, a friend, who I could talk about anything to him. He would send me a versus from the Bible, to let me know that God will take care of me and continue going forward with God's faith, and everything be all right. He loved all of us here at Gurry, and I am glad had the time to go fishing with him, his father and rest of the Gurry guys down at Seadrift, Texas.
    Prayers to all the Gurry family and Jay will be missed.


  12. Offering my deepest condolences to the Gurry Family, may the strength of God help you through this sorrowful time. Jay took me in fresh out of college and jump started my career and I haven't stopped looking up to him since, he was a great man that touched the hearts of many. Jay will be dearly missed.

      We are so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of your son. May your fond memories help you through this difficult time.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

      Woody and Peggy

  13. Michael Musgrove

    It was a pleasure to work with you at Ellington.God bless you prayers for you and your family.Rest in Peace Brother.

  14. The Monroig Family

    We are so saddened by your loss. Jay will always be remembered as a wonderful role model who helped shape Nico's love of A&M, engineering, and camping. Our deepest condolences and prayers for all the family. Please know we are here for you.

  15. The Martino Family

    We send our deepest condolences to all of the Gurry family. Jay was such a loving and incredible person as well as an amazing son, husband, father & grandfather. We have always thought so highly and fondly of him through all the years of knowing your family. Nedra, Ken, Kim, Erika, Sydney and Trey, our hearts go out to each of you and we have you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. James Brooks Jr

    Nedra, Ken and Chuckie. We were so sorry to hear about Jay. Judy and I were so impressed with his life as presented in the obituary that we each said that we wished
    We had known him better.

    May the Lord comfort, cherish , and hold each of you and Jay's family and friends for the next periods of time

    Jamie and Judy

  17. Ken, Nedra, and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your precious Jay's death. I have good memories of him as a little boy. Please know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Nancy Kirkpatrick

  18. Vincent Capuano

    My deepest condolences to Kim, Ken, Nedra, and all the Gurry Family. I can not express the sorrow and sadness I have in my heart for your loss. Jay will be dearly missed. He was a great man with a deep love for his family and friends. I am blessed to have known Jay. I always looked up to him, his fairness and his strong integrity. He was an example for all. Rest In Peace, Jay.

  19. Ken, Nedra and family, Roger and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. It is so hard to to lose a child and we feel your pain. Our prayers and sympathy are with you at this time of sorrow.
    Roger and Georgia Smithwick

  20. Nedra, my heart hurt when I saw this. I'm so sorry to hear of your sons death. My thought and prayers to you and your family

  21. Clyde and I send our love and condolences to you, Ken and Nedra, as well as to Jay's wife and children. Our hearts break in sadness for you. May you somehow find peace and comfort in your memories of this wonderful young man and the tremendous mark he made on this world. Please know that we are thinking of you.
    Love, Jackie and Clyde

  22. As I was perusing the local paper this morning, I glanced at the obits page and noticed a description of accomplishments that sounded a lot like a good friend of mine. As I continued it became sadly clear that, in fact, the details were about an extraordinary fellow that I knew only as 'Jay'. We met at the Perry YMCA. Both of us preferred to be there when the place wasn't crowded. Jay was the kind of person that we would all like to emulate. He had a quick smile for everyone that he met. I saw it play out often. He would engage with almost everyone there with fun banter. He was well liked and respected. I was an Air traffic controller and he was a F-16 pilot. So we both had our 'war-stories'. I recall his vivid description of a 'flame-out' and off-site arrival during a training flight. Before the pandemic, we would randomly see each other almost every week day at the gym. There would be brief greetings and whatever workouts that scheduling would permit. It was an enjoyable time. I will really miss my friend. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for the family at the loss of someone this dynamic. I am so very sorry.

  23. Ken , Nedra, and Jay's family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our sincere condolences. Rey and Lynn Sonora

  24. Hearing the news of Jay's passing I am deeply saddened. He truly was a great person/boss and will be missed. I would like to send my deepest condolence to the Gurry family.

  25. Dearest Nedra, Ken,Kim and family,
    We are so sorry to learn about Jays passing away. He was a wonderful man, and words cannot express the deep sympathy we have in our hearts for you all. We feel blessed to have known him. He accomplished so much in his life, and I know he brought you great joy in everything he did.
    We will continue to pray for you all.
    Ellen, Byron, April and Travis

  26. Deborah Fischer and Barbara Grissar

    Barbara Grissar and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  27. Dr. Loretta Allen

    Dear Kim,
    I was so sad to hear of the passing of your husband. You and your family will remain in my prayers as I ask that God brings you peace and comfort through precious memories of a life well lived with lots of love.

  28. Dr. Jackie Brending

    My heart broke for everybody in the Gurry family when I heard of Jay's passing. I've heard so many good stories about him and had the pleasure to work with him on many occasions. I know he was a blessing to everybody's life he touched. You will remain in my prayers for peace and comfort.

  29. To the Gurry Family,
    We were all shocked to hear this news. Our deepest condolences go out to all of you during this difficult time.
    Thoughts and prayers from the R2 Insulation family.

  30. Edward Rodriguez

    To the Gurry Family
    We are sadden to hear of the passing of Jay Gurry. Such a great man to know and to work with. My deepest condolences go out to all of Jay's family. Truly a man I will never forget.
    God Speed…..

    Eddie Rodriguez and Family.

  31. To Nedra and Ken
    We are shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jay's passing; our sincere condolences to your entire family.

    Jan and Bob, your Round Top neighbors.

  32. Ginny and Michael Twiss

    Michael and I, along with our family, were saddened to hear of Jay's untimely death. Whenever we visited Nedra and Ken over the years, we were able to also visit with Jay and Kim. He was always kind and gracious to us. We know his family and friends will be grieving for a long time. He will be missed by many.
    Sending our love and prayers to the whole family as they start life without his presence. He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, nephew, boss, in-law, and of course, friend to all who had the privilege to know him
    We are so very sorry for your loss..
    Ginny and Michael Twiss
    Delta, B.C. Canada

  33. Ken & Nedra,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. I noted in the obituary that he was born in Valdosta, GA. What a year that was for us! The loss of a loved family member is tough and only time softens the loss. His duty is done and done very well. While you will fell that a bit of you is gone, you still have some living to do!
    Jim Cox
    Friday Harbor, WA

  34. William Gravett

    Ken and Nedra
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Jay. I know that your strong faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ is carrying you through this difficult time.
    Jay's time here on Earth was certainly a life well lived.
    You are in my prayers and if there is anything I can do, please contact me at 281-546-8785.
    Your Brother in Christ,
    Bill Gravett (FLHS class of '58)

  35. Marcia Durham Lee

    There are no words to take away, share or relieve any of the pain you are feeling. I wish I could tell you that it goes away, but time only lessens it a little. Just remember that Jay can still hear you and is with you when you speak to him. It will help a lot to talk to him. I wish you beautiful sunrises and sunsets when the earth is still . Be still and know that I am God!

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