John Wayne Thornton

September 19, 1952 ‒ March 23, 2013

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John Wayne Thornton, age 60, of Mansfield passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center following complications of a bone marrow transplant.

He was born September 19, 1952 in Paradise, West Virginia the son of Boyd and Betty Lou (Shawver) Thornton and was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1970.

A U.S. Army veteran, John served three years and was honorably discharged in 1973.

For 20 years John was the sole proprietor of Quality Consulting Services and specialized in environmental compliance for many local industries.

John loved cars and guns and served as a conceal carry instructor in Richland County. If there was a car or gun show within 100 miles, you were sure to find John there!

Outdoorsy, John enjoyed camping, traveling, and hiking. His favorite hiking was at Seven Falls in Colorado, where he proposed to his lovely wife and devoted companion Suzette Montgomery. They were wed November 17, 2011, and shared the happiest 16-months together.

He was also a great family man, spending time with his children and grandchildren, each of whom he adored above all else.

John is survived by his doting wife, who never left his side, Suzette Thornton of Mansfield, six children and their spouses Brandy and James Raboin of Falcon, CO, Danielle Lunceford of Butler, Gabriell and Jessie Thornton of Ankneytown, Amarah Thornton of Butler and Kaitlyn and Morgan Montgomery of Mansfield; 13 grandchildren, sister and brother-in-law Darlis and David Horn, a brother and sister-in-law Don and Kathy Thornton all of Bellville, sister-in-law Peg Thornton of Galion, father-in-law and mother-in-law Mark and Linda Freeman of Lexington, brother-in-law Mike and Darlene Myers of Bellville, and a special aunt Louise and Bruce Yochheim of Mansfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Carl Thornton.

Friends may call Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 4-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a lighted prayer service will follow at 8 pm. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am in the funeral home. Pastor Russell Stanford will officiate and burial with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #535 will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Central Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society may be made at the funeral home.