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William Walter Thorne

William Walter Thorne, age 84, died July 9, 2018 in Ithaca, Michigan.

Bill was born in Grove City, PA, the son of William Grant and Doris (Chapel) Thorne.  He graduated from Grove City High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree from Grove City College.  He was a Chemical Engineer and worked many years for Michigan Chemical (Velsicol) in St Louis, Mich and retired from Martin Marietta in Woodville, Ohio.

Bill is survived by his son, William Kenneth Thorne (Candy) of White Cloud, his daughters Patrice Johnson of Ithaca, and Amy Kruse of Louisiville, KY, his sister Judy Thorne Nemet (John) of Clintonville, PA and seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Eileen Brunson; and his brother, Robert Thorne of Grove City.

Visitation will be at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-8pm with a service on Thursday from 10-11am.   A burial service will take place at Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Grove City, PA on Saturday, July 14 at 10am. 

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Reader Comments (4)

Patrice and family, thinking of you. Sorry for your loss.
July 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGary and Rose Purvis
Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I truly enjoyed reconnecting with Bill and our talks about our Michigan Chemical days. Bill was a great guy and he will be missed by the Rosewood gang.
July 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bowen
I will always remember Bill's great smile and his kindness. I always remember how he loved to dance at plant parties and everyone wanted to dance with him! He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.
July 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPat Caris
I am sorry for your family’s loss of Bill. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) I wish the very best for your family at this difficult time, take care.
July 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall

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