David Vernon Thurston, 83, of Culpeper, passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday, December 29, 2012, after a brief illness. David was born on February 22, 1929, to the late William Thomas Thurston and the late Mary Lou Gilbert at what is known as the Bowie House on East Street in Culpeper. A veteran of the United States Army, David served in I Corp as an artillery observer during the Korean Conflict.
David retired from the Federal Reserve Bank and had previously worked in management at Leggett's (now Belk). He was also a renowned Civil War historian and an accomplished relic hunter.
David was a wonderful husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. He will be remembered and missed for his easy, quiet demeanor and his incredible sense of humor.
David is survived by Doris "Dorie" Herndon Thurston, his loving wife of 62 years.
David is also survived by his daughter, Lou Ellen Thurston Miller and her husband, Michael, of Culpeper; and his grandson, Fielding Thurston Miller of Aspen, Colorado. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels of Culpeper with the Reverend Ted Fuson officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. The interment will be private at a later time.
The family thanks Hospice of the Rapidan for their care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701 and/or the charity of your choice.
An online guestbook and tribute wall is available at www.foundandsons.com
. Found and Sons Funeral Chapels of Culpeper is serving the family.
This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.