Philip E. Thornton

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Entered into Rest

January 31, 2017

Philip E. Thornton, 61, of Urbana, Ohio passed away January 31, 2017 following a courageous 14-year battle with neuroendocrine cancer. Phil's love for life was second only to his love for his family, especially his girls and his precious grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues stretching across the country and around the world.

Phil was born April 7, 1955 in Urbana, the son of Virgil Thornton and Joann Thornton Hensley. He was the life of every party and his contagious smile, quick wit and welcoming disposition will be fondly remembered by everyone he knew. Phil was an engineer to the core, capable of building or fixing just about anything, and always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His many hobbies and interests included classic car restoration, stock car racing, history, reading, antique lamp repair, winemaking and vacationing with his family.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Theresa Thornton; his daughters, Stephanie (Craig) Walton of Fairlawn, Ohio and Megan (Ryan) Thompson of Hudson, Ohio; his three grandchildren, Charlotte Nicole Thompson, Stella James Thompson and Wesley Philip Walton; his mother; his brother Dale (Teresa) Thornton and his sister Vickie (Joe) Hegenderfer; his sister-in-law Robin Howe; as well as several dear nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and his stepfather DeWayne Hensley.

Though Phil's illness was long and at times challenging, it was never his focus. He remained committed to his family, his friends and his work throughout, and his priority was always to live his life to the fullest. His strength, determination and positive attitude are an example to us all.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the VERNON FUNERAL HOME in Urbana, with Pastor David Kepple officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation or Kobacker House of Columbus.

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