Garry G. Thornton



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Thornton, Garry G. Greece: Went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 14, 2009 at age 48. Predeceased by his mother, MaryLee Thornton. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen (Manley) Thornton; daughters, Anna Lee Thornton & Deborah Lynn Thornton; father, Eugene (Evelyn) Thornton; sister, Judy (John) Shope; half brother, Kevin Laukkonen; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harley “Pat” (Gertrude “Trudi”) Manley; brother-in-law, Marc (Anni) Manley; sister-in-law, Gail (Nemesio) Rivera; several other dear relatives; many friends. Garry graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Xavier University with an MBA in Finance, completed the requirements to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and finished his Graduate of Theology degree from Northstar Bible Institute. He was employed at Proctor & Gamble and worked at Eastman Kodak Company for over 16 years. After leaving Kodak, Garry went on staff at First Bible Baptist Church as a Financial Advisor. Garry was an accomplished table tennis player and an avid baseball fan with a vast knowledge of the sport. His Memorial Service will be held at First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road, on Friday, August 28th at 7PM. Interment in New Friendship Cemetery, Kentucky held at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shaohannah’s Hope,(Show Hope), PO Box 647 Franklin, TN 37065 in his memory.


  1. Roseann Indovina on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Gary. I was his hairdresser back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was such a loyal customer. I remember him telling me a story of when his dog use to ring the doorbell wanting to come in or he would leave as soon as someone would come to the door.I can’t exactly remember which story it was. Also when he told me he was getting married to you, he was so happy. I did get to meet you when you came in with Gary. God Bless you and your daughters!

  2. peggy heintz (tops pharmacey) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Karen: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. God Bless Your friends from tops

  3. Brent Ziliox on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Thorton family, We are so saddened to hear of Garry’s passing. I remember Garry as a very good friend of mine from our high school days. We had a lot of fun. He was at my home a lot. Although we did lose contact with one another, I did think of him. With Our Deepest Sympathy, Brent, Mary, Larry & Saunie Ziliox

  4. John K. Larmann on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Garry was a very smart, sincere and friendly person whom I had the pleasure of working with for several years at Roll Coating Division at Kodak. He found ways of using his baseball stats and knowledge to illustrate things in terms for business. I also knew and respected his love of God and Family- that was paramount to him. Rest in peace Garry- I am sorry that your time here on earth was cut short. May you find ways to help your family and friends now in new ways from above.. Sincerely, Your friend John K. Larmann

  5. Brianna Cansdale McAfee on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Hey Mrs. Thornton, you probably odnt remember me but you used to babysit me when I was little? You guys mean so much to me!! I am very sorry for your loss! If you need anything, such as a babysitter, or soomeone to clean your house even, just give me a call ok? I love you and once again I am very sorry for you loss!!! Brianna Cansdale McAfee

  6. Chuck Gin on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Karen: Garry was a dear friend of mines that I got to meet while I was at Purdue. I will always cherish the times I spent with him visiting him in Cincinnati and Rochester. We traveled to Niagra Falls and Toronto. Garry had a great sense of humour and was so easy to talk to. We talked about many things, sports, religion, politics, family. He was someone I admired very much. I enjoyed our visit so much a couple of years ago meeting your girls. I promise I will visit again to honor Garry. Please let me know if you need anything. In Christ, Chuck

  7. Brian and char , Jennifer, Tiffany DeKoninck on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Keran We cry with you. And stand with you. This my heart of Love, and We know that Jesus will NEVER leave you. In this time we may be miles away I (char) wish to give you a hug. I know anna, Deb. can you for me. yes china was special. But Knowing you and Gary, let Brian and me there are other christian going thought hard time. Brian is doing well. I am doing well. CHAR

  8. Susan Pierleoni on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry for your loss. I hope Garry is at peace. Time does heal.

  9. Lindsay Prichard on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Karen and Family – Garry was a friend a former colleague whom I first met in the late 1980’s. I always enjoyed his company and sense of humor. He was a good friend, a passionate fellow Cincinnati Reds fan – and no doubt a wonderful husband and father. My thoughts and sympathies are with you.

  10. Sandy Heizyk on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Karen and family..So very sorry to hear about Garry. I worked with him in Estar and was struck by his deep faith. He’d light up at the mention of his daughters – they obviously were his pride and joy. Take care and I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

  11. Scott & Veronica Rife on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Veronica and I had the opportunity to meet and know Garry during his Purdue years. Garry was very dedicated to his friends and studies. I was a pleasure knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

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