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“My Condolences to the family of Don. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Elaine Heare Ard - Sullivan, MO

“Just a little richer for having known Donald. Will miss visiting with him. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Marvin Evans - Glendale, AZ

“Donald was a kind soul! When you encountered him you felt grace. I am so sorry you have lost such a fine man. May his good soul rest in peace! ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.Don was a good friend and a great part of our Lions Club. He and his smile will be greatly missed. We...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“ChrisSo sorry to hear of your dads passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. God Bless! ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Tad & Judy Chemelewski - MI

“To Don's Kids, We all loved and enjoyed being with your wonderful Dad. He was the kindest person we knew. And he was so much fun. We are so...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: John & Anita McMahon - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Chris, Gary and Gina,So Sorry to hear of your dad's passing, I will always have fond memories of him at the family gatherings in the U.P. I know he ,...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Morsches - Gaylord, MI

Don and Larry and Carole Drook share some fun on a trip to Cape Cod “Thank goodness I met Don Thornton! The world is a better place because of him. He always enjoyed volunteer work were he could see the face of the...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jean Joley - Fort Wayne, IN

Don and Larry and Carole Drook share some fun on a trip to Cape Cod “Thank goodness I met Don Thornton! The world is a better place because of him. He always enjoyed volunteer work were he could see the face of the...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Jean Joley - Fort Wayne, IN

Don and Larry and Carole Drook share some fun on a trip to Cape Cod “Thank goodness I met Don Thornton! The world is a better place because of him. He always enjoyed volunteer work were he could see the face of the...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Jean Joley - Fort Wayne, IN

“Don was a true gentleman,a dedicated Lion, and worker for the blind. His was a giving heart! ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mike and Mary Jo Amorini - IN

“I enjoyed his friendship as a neighbor in two different locations and sharing about our families and current events. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Roger Smith - Placida, FL

“We grew into our adult and family-raising lives with Sarah and Don. Many fond memories exist of our dating and early marriage years together -...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tom & Carol (Nicholas) Vodde

“We are so very sorry for your loss! Your folks were our neighbors in Trier Ridge. Your dad always had a smile he shared. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Penny & Dave Koehl

“Don was a wonderful friend who I met through Ron and Marge Costa. Will miss our fun nights of going out to dinner then playing cards aferwards.We...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Alyce Eash - Fort Wayne, IN

“Don was a truley wonderful person and a very special and giving Lions member. He will be greatly missed, but he will live on in our hearts. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: John Whitmore - Ft Wayne, IN

“Chris and Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Myers - Tell City, IN

“Losing a parent is very difficult. Find solace in your memories of a life well lived. You all are in our prayers. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Larry & Carole Drook - fort wayne, IN


Donald E. Thornton, 77, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was born in Decatur, IN to the late William "Whitey" and Ella Ireta Thornton. Don graduated from Decatur High School in 1959, attended Ball State University, and went on to graduate from the International Business College in Fort Wayne, IN. He retired as the Vice President of Home Loan Bank of Fort Wayne, with over 25 years of service. After retirement, Don enjoyed traveling, visiting family, and his grandkids. He was very active in the community and enjoyed volunteering his time and talents. He was a board member at the Volunteer Center (RSVP) and the League for the Blind and Disabled. He loved helping with coats for kids and assisting people with taxes. Don was a member of the Lions Club, having received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedicated humanitarian services in 2017. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. Surviving are his children, Chris (Mary Schoeppel) Thornton of Tell City, IN; Gary (Paula) Thornton of Palm Harbor, FL; and Gina (Jon) Sailer of Lexington, SC; and his grandchildren, Lauren and Jack Sailer. Also surviving are his sisters, Reta Thornton and Mary Tricker, both of Decatur, IN. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah M. Thornton, and sister, Alice Johnson. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am March 20, 2018 at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, 7215 St. Joe Road Fort Wayne IN. with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be Monday, March 19, 2018, from 2-5 & 7-9 with a vigil service at 4:30 pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E Dupont Road, Fort Wayne IN. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to RSVP. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.