Joshua Brian Gurlen

October 16, 1979 ~ June 13, 2022 (age 42)


Joshua Brian Gurlen, 42, longtime resident of Poplar Bluff, died on Monday, June 13, 2022. Joshua was born Friday, October 16, 1979, in St Louis, to James "Bud" Gurlen and Deanna Kay Beckham.

Joshua worked in retail and loved watching sports, comic books, and playing video games. He especially loved his nieces and nephews and took great joy from their presence in his life.

Surviving are siblings: Robert McFarland, Anita (James) Freeman, Jesse (Nikki) Gurlen, and brother-in-law Jim Faughn, all of Poplar Bluff, Shane Glover of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Shannon Gurlen, of Bloomfield, MO. Nephews: Daniel Faughn of Poplar Bluff, Logan (Sam) Freeman of Kansas City, MO. Nieces: Zoe Freeman, Addison Gurlen, and Jessie Gurlen, all of Poplar Bluff. Also, Step-Father, Gary Beckham, of Poplar Bluff, and Great-Nephew, Kaiden Freeman of Kansas City, MO. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings; Kevin Gurlen, Kelly Faughn, and nephew Kayson Gurlen.

A celebration of life will be held in the Hampton Inn Westwood Room in Poplar Bluff on Thursday, June 16, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Celebration of Life
June 16, 2022

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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Hampton Inn- Westwood Room
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