Donald R. Thornton

June 22, 1929 - May 27, 2018

Obituary for Donald R. Thornton

Thornton, Donald R.

Age 88, of Brooklyn Center, passed away on May 27, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert. Survived by his loving wife, Mary; daughters, Sally Thornton and Molly Craig; favorite niece and nephews; sister-in-law, Lois Thornton. Donald was a proud Marine veteran and Member of the Chosin Few who received a Purple Heart, United Nations Medal and Korean Service Medal for his Honorable service in the Korean War. He enjoyed playing “Nickle Nickle” (a card game) with his wife Mary every morning, sharing his sense of humor, Rob Roys with Jack and white elephant Christmas parties. He will be remembered for many things but most of all his love of country, family, artistic flair, stylish dresser “Mr. Shades & Tones” and his love of cats. A celebration gathering will be on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Evens-Nordby Funeral Home (6000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center) 4-7 PM. Private inurnment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Animal Humane Society or Donor’s Choice.


Wednesday, June 6th
4-7 PM

Evans-Nordby Funeral Home
6000 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Center, MN

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