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James Thornell Sr.

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James Thornell Sr. Obituary

Age 69, of Riverside, CA, flew home to our Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. James was born May 9, 1948 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary; daughter, Janice (Alex) McIntyre; son, James E. Thornell Jr. (Trudy) and 4 grandchildren, Graison and Thatcher James McIntyre, and Isabel and A.J. Thornell, all of Riverside, CA. He is also survived by 1 sister (Kathleen (John) Bowings and 4 brothers (John (Linda), Steve (Vickie), Joe (Kerry), and Mark (Barbara)) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
James was a faithful and loving man, who always put his family first. His second love was flying. James was a pilot of the Air National Guard and demonstrated great passion for flying the F-4 for 14 years. James received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Redlands in 1988. James retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel and continued his career with Boeing and Space X, working as a flight engineer. James retired in 2008 and enjoyed caring for his grandchildren and traveling with his family.
James lived in Riverside for 49 years and was involved with many clubs and organizations, including the Riverside Optimist Club and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. James received many awards and honors.
Services will be January 19, 2017 at 12 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5455 Alessandro Blvd. Riverside, CA 92506 and graveside service to follow at the National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to Immanuel Lutheran or the RIverside Optimist Club.
James is greatly missed by his family and friends, but they take great comfort in the fact he is flying with the angels.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 16, 2018
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