Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385.
Mr. Thornton is survived by his wife, Carel Thornton nee Ottinger of Wright City, MO; 2 sons: Dr. Jonathan Owens of Wentzville, MO and James Terry of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Loren Owens Ramseur; brother, William Leon Thornton; 10 grandchildren: Taylor, Jordan and Jace Owens, Tucker and Carson Ramseur, Beth, Jeff, John, Jerry and Jimmy Moore and 2 great-grandchildren: Jonathan and Jeffrey Moore. He is preceded in death by his parents: Jesse and Viola Thornton nee Duck. Mr. Thornton was a World War II Army Veteran. He enjoyed fishing. He will be dearly missed.