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David Frank Thornton

January 31, 1943 ~ July 20, 2018 (age 75)

David F. Thornton, 75, of Spencer, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018, at the I.U. Bloomington Health Hospital.  David was born in New Albany, Indiana, on January 31, 1943 to Harry Leon and Nellie (Troth) Thornton.  David graduated from Bloomington High School in 1963 and was known as "Iron-Head" on the football team.  He retired from the City of Bloomington, and currently worked at the Sam's Club filling station where he was nicknamed "talker" because he never met a stranger.  David was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard and belonged to the Owen County Veterans Honor Guard, the Bloomington 40&8 and was a service officer for the Spencer American Legion post #285.  He belonged to the Spencer Wesleyan Church where he served as an usher.  He loved to play golf, go fishing and build custom trikes. 

David is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Joyce R. (Winkler) Thornton, son-in-law, Tom Curry of Spencer, brothers, Gene (Mable) Thornton of Bloomington, Clellan Thornton of Linton, sister-in-law, Sharon Thornton of Ellettsville, and several nieces and nephews. 

David was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Robin J. Curry, brothers, Frederick Thornton, Richard Thornton, sister, Irma Lou Thornton, and sister-in-law, Wilma Thornton. 

A private graveside service will take place at a later date.  Arrangements provided by West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Owen County Honor Guard or the Owen County Human Society through the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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