Thornton, Edward Michael

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO


Service Location:

Anaconda Community Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Anaconda Community Cemetery, St. Clair, MO


Edward Michael Thornton of Beaufort, MO departed this life in Washington, MO on April 15, 2018, having reached the age of seventy-three years, eight months and seven days. Edward was born in Granby, MO on August 8, 1944, son of Charles Edin Thornton and Rachel Thornton nee Richardson. On May 24, 1968 he was united in marriage to Joan Annetta Parks.

Edward is survived by his brother, Richard Thornton, known to all as Rick, of Skippock, PA; by his sisters-in-law, Irene Adams of Rolla, MO, Betty Parks of St. Clair, MO and Veda Parks of Yakima, WA; by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousin and many friends. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rachel Thornton; and by his wife, Joan Thornton.

Edward was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. After high school his furthered his education at the College of the School of the Ozarks attaining his Associate in Arts. He then attended Southwest Missouri State College earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and the attended Central Missouri State University obtaining a Master of Science in Education Degree. He also spoke fluent Spanish and Vietnamese. He was proud to have served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army, being drafted on September 25, 1969 and receiving his honorable discharge on August 13, 1971, after having attained the rank of SP5. Ed began his working career as a high school teacher at St. Clair Public Schools. In 1971 he began his career as an industrial engineer with Ameren Union Electric, retiring after twenty-five years. Ed was passionate about old cars and owned many. He was an outgoing man with many hobbies and interests. He was a talented silversmith, loved reading, especially about history and enjoyed hiking. Although he had no children of his own, each of his nieces and nephews was dear to him. Many wonderful memories were created and will be cherished forever.

A kind and loving brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Interment with full military honors was held in Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.