Richard Gulley Obituary (1940-2021) – Thomson, IL

Richard Gulley, 81 years old, of Lake Carroll, Illinois, died Thursday October 14, 2021 at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, Illinois. A private family service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Illinois on Friday, October 22, 2021. Instead of flowers, a memorial was erected for Anthology’s rooftop garden, a place Richard loved to spend with his family and gardening. To donate, go to
Richard was born on June 19, 1940 to Robert and Bertha (Newman) Gulley in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was a farm kid graduating from Jerome, Idaho high school with the 1958 class. Richard attended the University of Idaho, where he was a member of the Army ROTC and president of the Delta Chi Fraternity. In 1976 he received his MBA from Central Missouri University. Richard served in the Army in Tacoma, Washington. Richard married Sonja Kuykendall on September 21, 1963. Together they raised three sons, Bob, David and Don, and celebrated 51 years of marriage until Sonja’s death in 2015.

Richard’s 30-year career at Amoco Oil has taken him across the country. He worked his way up the corporate ladder to an executive position at the company’s global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Richard enjoyed playing golf (known to be very good), fishing, boating and loved spending time with Sonja, his 3 sons and 9 grandchildren who drove around on the golf cart and pontoon boat. He was proud to share his wisdom while learning from the younger generation.

Richard is greatly missed by his three sons, Bob (Christine) Gulley of Monument, Colorado, David (Denise) Gulley of Grayslake, Illinois, and Don (Jennifer) Gulley of Vancouver, Washington; nine grandchildren, Abraham, Levi, Beau, Matthew, Alyssa, Andrea, Marissa, Taylor, and Brooke; and one brother, Bill (Judy) Gulley of Jerome, Idaho. He is led to his death by his wife Sonja and his parents Robert and Bertha.

Published by Legacy on October 19, 2021. reports daily death reports in local communities across the country. Visit our funeral home directory for more local information or visit our FAQ page for help finding obituaries and sending condolences.

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