1927-2013



Richard "Dick" Harold Thornton, 86, of Glidden, died Wednesday, June 12, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, at United Methodist Church in Glidden with the Rev. Lorinda H.M. Hoover officiating.

Friends may call at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden after 5 p.m. There will be a prayer service held at 7 p.m. followed by a Masonic memorial service. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Monday when visitation will resume.

Organist for the service will be Doris Bentley, and vocalists will be Mark and Marlys Conner.

Casket bearers will be Charlie Freml, John Johnston, Bruce Nelson, Gary Messerich, Myron Heithoff and Mark Conner. Honorary casket bearers will be Bob Gregory, Brian Johnson, Cal Hughes and Bill Gregory.

Burial will be at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden with military honors conducted by Glidden American Legion. The family suggests memorials be made to Glidden Community Auction, Glidden United Methodist Church or as the donor wishes and may be left at the funeral home or the church.

Online condolences may be left for Dick's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born April 4, 1927, in Jefferson, Iowa, he was a son of John W. and Alice M. (Frantz) Thornton. He grew up in Greene County and graduated from Scranton High School in 1945. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1945. He served on a troop ship bringing soldiers home from Japan at the end of World War II. He was married to Grace Arlene Sylvester on Dec. 28, 1947, at Glidden Methodist Church by the Rev. H.W. Hewitt. The couple made their home in Glidden, where Dick worked for the Glidden REC for 41 years first at the power plant then as a lineman and later as director of member services. He retired in 1989. Dick and Grace spent 20 years at Rio Valley Estates in Weslaco, Texas.

He was a member of Glidden United Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member of Haggai Masonic Lodge of Glidden of which he served as Past Master and was appointed a Grand Lodge Officer in 1994. He was a 50-year member and Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Signet Chapter 1 of Carroll.

Dick served as a volunteer fireman for 34 years, served on the Glidden City Council, and was a Cub Master and Scout Master of the Glidden Scouts. He was a member of Merle Hay Post of the Glidden American Legion and a charter of the Scranton VFW.

Dick enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, sports, and spending time with his family and many good friends.

Dick is survived by his wife, Grace, of Glidden; a son Stephen Thornton and his wife, Nancy, of Dodge Center, Minn.; a grandson Bradley Thornton of Apple Valley, Minn.; a great-grandson, Jacob Thornton; a brother, John Sylvester Jr., and his wife, Mary, of Fernley, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Natalie Thornton-Webb; brother John Jr.; and sisters Bernice Burke and Larada Reck.