William "Bill" Jesse Thornton

Born: Sat., May 14, 1949
Died: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018

Private Services

Location: Church of The Good Shepherd

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William Jesse "Bill" Thornton, 69, of Gilboa died Saturday, November 3, 2018 at his home.  He was born May 14, 1949, in Lima to the late Richard M. and Mary C. (Chamberlin) Thornton.

He is survived by two step-children, Jenni (Joshua) Augsburger of Rudolph and Bill (Lindsey) Bowers of Bluffton; three grandchildren, Cathy Bowers of Rudolph, and Jacob and Ella Bowers of Bluffton; a brother, Richard (Becky) Thornton of Miller City; a sister Carol (Dave) Porter of Lima; a niece, Christina (Eric) Woodland of Dublin and seven nephews, Tony Dunlap, David (Genevieve) Dunlap, Elliot (Jennifer) Lewis, all of Lima, Rick (Barb) Thornton of Columbus Grove and Jon (Amy) Thornton of Dayton.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Trentman.

Bill loved NASCAR, cruising around in his Chevelle with his friend, Tim Korte, growing up on the farm next to Riley Creek and helping his Dad.  He enjoyed working on small motors and lawn mowers and  spending time in Pandora's Park.  He was always grateful for his family, life long friends and special thank you to Cindy and Jeff Garmatter and Salvador, all of whom he knew he could count on if he needed them.

The family will hold a private memorial service will be held at a later date.  

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Jennifer Schroeder Burch
   Posted Wed November 07, 2018
So sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a nice guy and a loving person. I've known him since I was a little kid. And I will genuinely miss seeing his smile and his greetings of whatcha doing kid!
Rest in peace Wilbur!

   Posted Fri November 09, 2018
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Bill. I have such great memories of him from my youth and young adulthood. He was always so kind and we had a lot of laughs. God Bless.

   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
Dear family and loved ones, I was sorry to read about the death of Mr. Thornton. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. It has helped me and many others to know that the Bible promises that soon God “will swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8) and that He will bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones (John 5 : 28, 29) . May “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” comfort you during your time of sadness (2 Corinthians 1: 3).

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