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THORNTON, ROBERT H. "Bob"; age 86; passed away on April 27, 2013 at his home in West Seattle, Washington. He was born on October 11, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Robert H. Thornton, Sr. and Gladys Ormiston Thornton. Bob grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Abington High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1944. After High School he:"Joined the Army in 1944 where he served in World War II in the Pacific Theater-New Guinea and the Philippines. Returning from the war, he spent time in the Hot Springs Arkansas Hospital and was one of the first to be rehabilitated under the Sister Kenney Method for Polio."Attended Temple University for one year then transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he received his BS and MBA in 1950. Bob married Alice Johnson on October 6, 1951 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. They were happily married for 61 years. During the course of their marriage, they made their home in Detroit, Birmingham, East Lansing, and Chelsea, Michigan as well as Naples, Florida and most recently Seattle Washington. He was active in his church affiliations in each of these locations. He began work for Ford Motor Company and proceeded to work in the Automobile Industry for 15 years. In 1970, he made the move to real estate and opened his own business as Thornton Real Estate in Chelsea, Michigan, which proceeded to expand to 4 branch offices. In 1972 and 1974, Bob developed the initial two North Lake Farm residential communities in Chelsea, Michigan. During the 1980s, Bob was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Chelsea Community Hospital. In addition, Bob was President of the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors, and the Michigan Association of Realtors. He was active in Rotary International in the communities of Chelsea, Michigan and Naples, Florida, and Council on World Affairs in Naples, Florida. Later, Bob was actively involved in the Streetscape Project for downtown Chelsea. Bob also had a great interest in politics and sports (football, basketball, and golf). He also loved swimming and sailing. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Gladys Ormiston. Bob is survived by his spouse Alice of West Seattle, Washington; and his sister Gladys Buckius of Denver, Colorado. Caryl (Nima) Sherpa of Solukumbu, Nepal; Caryn (Dennis) Rogers of Saline, Michigan; Tom (Cheryl) Thornton of Everson, Washington; Jeanne (Ken) Hunter of Paris, France; Gary (Linda) Thornton of Suttons Bay, Michigan; Cinda (Chuck) Voutselas of Novato, California; and Alison Thornton of Traverse City, Michigan. He is survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life with his family and friends will be held May 2, 2013 at The Kenney Retirement Community in West Seattle, Washington. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to The Kenney Foundation, 7125 Fauntleroy Way, SW, Seattle, Washington 98136-2008.
Published in Heritage on May 8, 2013
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