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Rolla Clarence Thornburgh


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Rolla Clarence Thornburgh On July 9, 2014, at the age of 91, Rolla went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his wife of 62 years, Alleva. He was born Nov 28, 1922, in Goltry, Oklahoma, on the family farm. The youngest of five children of Thomas and Edith Thornburgh, Rolla would grow up during the great depression, playing hard and working hard on that family farm. He rode horses, rounded up cattle, worked the fields of wheat, corn, alfalfa, raised farm animals and just had a great time as a boy. Rolla's passion was his horses. He rode a horse to school daily. He learned to ride a bike by letting the other boys in school ride his horse. After high school graduation, Rolla and his cousin drove to California. He got a job as a welder and machinist in the Los Angeles area. WWII started and Rolla joined the Navy. He served on three ships in three theaters of the war as a gunner. He literally saw the world during the war as he was at sea in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946 he went back to work in the Los Angeles area. He also went back to his passion of owning and riding horses. In 1948 he met the love of his life, Alleva. They were married in 1950. Their children, Thomas (1953) passed seven days later; Gary Thornburgh (1956), m. Jan; and Cynthia, m. Paul Obest. Three grandchildren, Jonathan Obest, (m.) Sheilla; Thomas Thornburgh; Kattie (Thornburgh) Orian, (m.) Mike. Three great-grandchildren, Benjamin Orian (3), and twins, William and Madeleine Orian (1). Rolla went to work as an electrical apprentice for Dept. of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles in 1953 and retired from there in 1980 as an Electrical Mechanic. His job was building and expanding the power plants. He and Alleva retired and purchased a walnut farm in Kelseyville, CA. He started his new career as a farmer. They lived there until their health brought them to live by their son, Gary, in Rohnert Park in 2008. Rolla was a member (30+years) and deacon of the Kelseyville First Baptist Church. He and Alleva were involved in many of the church's outreach programs. They helped build the new church building on Gaddy Lane. Visitation will be on Friday, July 18, 9-11 a.m., at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 High St., in Lakeport. Funeral Service to follow at 11 a.m., Interment will be at Kelseyville Cemetery. For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary (FD-1336) at 263-0357 or 994-5611 or visit us at www.chapelofthelakes.com Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.

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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from July 12 to July 17, 2014
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