|Clayton J. "Mike" Thornton|
|May 16, 1937 - May 08, 2011|
|of Moline, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan, IL|
|Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 220 E. 22nd Ave., Coal Valley, IL|
|Vigil Service: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan, IL|
|Interment: May 12, 2011 at Calvary Mausoleum, Rock Island, IL |
|Clayton J. “Mike” Thornton, 73, of Moline, died Sunday May 8, 2011, at his home.|
Services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Coal Valley, IL. Entombment will be at Calvary Mausoleum, Rock Island, IL. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan, IL, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated later.
Clayton was born May 16, 1937, in Fayette County, IA, a son of Wilbur Thornton and Helen Peyer Thornton. He married Joean Evelyn Brasmer on June 24, 1961, in Moline, IL.
He was a typesetter for 43 years with Fullers Printing, Moline, IL, and Bawden Bros., Davenport, IA. He later was an STS driver for 12 years with Metro, and also was a school bus driver for many years.
Clayton was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. He was a charter member of Court 1180, Independent Order of Catholic Foresters, where he served as Chief Ranger and Treasurer for several years.
He most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His interests included extensive genealogy research, reading, gardening, yard work, and traveling with his wife, Joean.
Survivors include his wife, Joean, of Moline; children (and spouses), Susan (Don) Ward, Aurora, IL, Brian (Cori) Thornton, Rock Island, Rebecca (Keith) Holland, Altona, IL, Elizabeth (Jim) Jernigan, Coal Valley, and Michelle (Darwin) Ward, LeClaire, IA; grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Knapp, Amy (Josh) Rudolph, Angel Thornton, Savannah Holland, Kendra Ward, Stephanie Ward, Keith (Shavonne) Holland, Jonathan Thornton, Shawn Downing, Ashley Ward, Ian Jernigan, Aubree Payne, Cassie Thornton, Danielle Ward, Derek Ward, Jim Jernigan Jr., Katie Holland, Sabrina Downing, Matthew Thornton, Sara Downing, Melissa Ward, Taylor Thornton, Dakota Thornton, and Izabel Jernigan; great-grandchildren, Drake Rudolph, Dylan Knapp, Landen Rudolph, Angelina Keifer, AlexZander Rudolph, Parker Holland, Owen Knapp, Trey Thornton, Embur Rudolph, and Walter McGill; special great-nephew, Ryan McMillan; brothers and sisters, Mary (Sylvan) Torkelson, Elgin, IA, James (Mary) Thornton, Millstadt, IL, Dawn (Tom) Cables, Westlake, OH, Keith (Brenda) Thornton, Waco, TX, Faye Thornton, Cleveland, OH, and Beverly (James) Dale, Dallas, TX; sister-in-law, Lila Thornton, Mukwonago, WI, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Clayton is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gene Thornton.
My deepest thoughts and most heartfelt condolences to the Thornton and extended families in your time of loss.
(Cousin to Jessica and Eric Knapp)
-- Richelle Ryan - Nashville, TN
Love you Dad!
-- Elizabeth Jernigan
We love you Grandpa, we will never forget all you have taught us and will miss you so much!
-- Jessica Knapp
There are so many things you have taught me in my life that will never be forgotten. I will continue to pass these wonderful treasures along to my children. You will remain in our hearts forever.
-- Susan Ward
I love you, Grandpa. I will always miss you. Please watch over me and protect me.
-- Savannah Holland
Grandpa- You are the greatest man I ever knew. Thank you for being kind and strong, teaching me how to love and be a good person, and also thank you for my amazing family. I love you very much and will cherish each and every memory that I have of you. <3
-- Aevangelll Thornton
Elizabeth, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Karen Bonis
My heart felt sympathy goes out to the family of Clayton"Mike' Thornton. May he rest in peace with the Lord.
love, aunt Carolyn
-- Carolyn Ryan
We hold the Thornton family in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all and miss you.
-- Helen, Courtney, Chelsea and Emily Daignault
My deepest sympathy in this time of pain. we love you...
-- Lisa Ohaver
Elizabeth, you and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. May God bless you all.
-- Connie & Sean Murphy
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult period. I thank you all for your love + support when we lost my Dad, and wish that I could be there for you as well. If you need anything, please feel free to contact me. Love, Lanita
-- Lanita Johnson Christian (Daughter of Carl + Marcella Johnson)