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Sheldon R. Thornton

January 23, 1947 December 30, 2011
Sheldon R. Thornton
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Obituary for Sheldon R. Thornton

Sheldon R. Thornton, a resident of Holly, passed away at home in the care of his wife, after an 8 year battle with ALS, on Friday, December 30, 2011. He was 64 years old.

Sheldon Thornton was born January 23, 1947, in Brighton, MI, to parents Elwood Sheldon and Ada Thornton. Sheldon was a proud Marine, veteran of the Vietnam War and a Purple Heart recipient. Following in his fathers footsteps, Sheldon owned and operated Thornton Septic and was well recognized throughout the Highland area for over 40 years. Sheldon loved trips to the Upper Peninsula for hunting and fishing excursions on the river. He enjoyed traveling worldwide, more recent trips included visits to the Caribbean Islands with his beloved wife, Janet.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Janet (nee. Pate) Thornton; daughter, Andrea; sons, Andrew (Christina), Spencer Thornton; step-daughters, Penny (Robert) King, Michelle (Joe) Calcatera, Jennifer Gyde, Elizabeth (Sam) Lockey; grandchildren, Dan, Wes, Gracie, Raven; great-grandchildren, Gabe, Lilly, Caleb; mother, Ada Johnson; sisters, Penny (Pete) DeGarmo, Sharon (Steve) Miller; and other extended family members and dear friends who join the family in mourning his death while giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Sheldon was preceded in death by his father, Elwood Sheldon Thornton and step-father Erwin Johnson.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Tuesday, January 3, 11 AM. Burial at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 PM. Memorial contributions may be made in Sheldon�s memory to Avalon Hospice, 2360 Stonebridge Drive, Flint, MI 48532. For further information please call 248-684-6645.


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