Donald Thorne

Donald Thorne

September 10, 1930 June 16, 2019

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Obituary for Donald William Thorne

COLUMBIANA, OHIO – Donald W. Thorne, 88, of East Liverpool passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Saint Mary’s Alzheimer Center in Columbiana after a lengthy illness.

Donald was born in Parkersburg, WV on September 10, 1930 a son of the late George William and Ethel (Rawson) Thorne. He was a graduate of East Liverpool High School class of 1948. Donald was a veteran of the US Air Force honorably serving during the Korean War. He was a 50 year member of Riddle Lodge # 315 in East Liverpool. Donald was a quiet man and loved to golf. He was hardworking man and helped build four homes in the LaCroft area with his father. Donald worked for Crucible Steel before moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1969. In Columbus, he worked for Defense Construction Supply Center for 21 years as a system analyst retiring in 1990.

Preceding Donald in death were his twin daughters Tracy and Trudy Thorne.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 years, whom he married, August 31, 1951, Verna (Roach) Thorne; two daughters Sherry Jennings and her husband Harry of Bettendorf, IA and Penny Thorne Sullivan and her husband Joe of Plain City, OH; three grandchildren Matthew Sullivan, Joel Sullivan and his wife Missy and Laura Holmes and her husband Chris; four great grandchildren Anabelle Sullivan, Jude Holmes, Teagan Holmes and Emilia Holmes and three sisters-in-law Eileen Purinton, Hazel Flara and Shirley Gibbs.

A private service was held at the convenience of the family. Burial at Columbiana County Memorial Park. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Dawson Funeral Home.

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    Columbiana County Memorial Park
    16078 Irish Ridge Road
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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Cindy Flower

Our family had such wonderful memories of our days spent with Don, Verna, Penny and Sherry. Don was a kind and calm and quite handsome man who certainly adored his family and friends. May all of your happy memories of your husband, Dad, and grandpa bring you peace now and always. Trust that Don’s spirit will remain in you hearts for all your days.
With our love,
The Green family:
Thelma Green, Cindy and Rob Flower, Christi and Darryl Keller, Cathy Green and Roger E. Green
Comment | Posted at 11:32am via Condolence

Mercedes Mestre

My most heartfelt condolences to the entire family.
May you find comfort in knowing that we share your pain and grieve with you.
Love and prayers.
God bless.
Mercy Mestre
Orlando, Florida
Comment | Posted at 11:09pm via Condolence

Cheryl J Skinner,Military Veterans Museum

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Donald William Thorne, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Air Force Veteran, Donald William Thorne, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
Comment | Posted at 01:33pm via Condolence

Ann Palmer

So sorry Verna, Love and prayers, Sincerely, Bob and Ann Palmer
Comment | Posted at 12:36pm via Condolence

The LaNeves

We have learned of Don's passing with sorrow. Don was a good friend and a wonderful neighbor. Our sympathies go out to Verna and the Thoirne family. Rest in peace, Don...
Comment | Posted at 10:50am via Condolence

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