Richard J. Thornton, 63, of Carlisle, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Lebanon V.
A. Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 22, 1950, in Painesville, OH, a son of the late Richard G. Thornton
and Florence E. (Bishop) Thornton Nichols.
Richard was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded the National Defense Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with one O/S Bar. He retired from Letterkenny
Army Depot after 25 years of service. Richard was a faithful member of the Carlisle Church of God.
He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, hunting, fishing, boating, camping and playing cards.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of
44 years, Patricia L. (Failor) Thornton, two daughters; Tammy L. and her husband, Ronald Stine of Newville and Tonya L. Thornton-Karper
and her husband, Merle David Karper of Shippensburg, one sister, Dawn Nichols of Waterford, two grandsons; Tanner Thornton
and Maddux Karper and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Harry Thornton and his
sister, Floetta Wilhelm.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home,
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastors Dean H. Ramsey and Robert F. Myers officiating. Burial with
military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Newville. A
viewing will be on Thursday from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.
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We are so sorry
He was loved and he will be missed
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the Thornton family as they mourn the passing of
their loved one. My prayers are with you on this familiar road.
Ms Anita K. Gutshall & sons
My heart is broken, May God watch over each and every one of you and give you
"Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven."
Debra and Brian Dillman
the Family. My the God of all Comfort, speak peace to you and give you assurance of seeing one another again in Heaven, for
without this Hope dwelling in us there would be no Peace, God's Peace. We love you and look forward to seeing you this
fall and if not, then in Heaven.
Bill & Peggy Hershey
sorry for your loss. I know you loved him a lot
love and miss you dad! Enjoy heaven.
WORKED WITH DICK IN THE EARLY 90'S @ LETTERKENNY; HE WAS A HARD WORKER AND FUN TO BE AROUND. HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
We are so sorry
for your loss. Dick was a wonderful man & we feel lucky to have known him. We are praying for your family at this difficult
Cris & Kari Dillman
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