Philip Thornton

April 7, 1955 - January 31, 2017

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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.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.vernonfh.com.


CHRIS S ROSS - Feb 4, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss. Phil will be missed at the office,it just won’t be the same without him. Please know that our family has your family in our hearts and prayers. Chris & LuAnn Ross

Lynn Merica - Feb 4, 2017

I am sending my deepest sympathy to your family. Phil was our paper boy and later, as a teenager, would hang out and help in the body shop across the street from the home in St. Paris where he grew up. He was always a happy likeable guy and I know he will surely be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jenn Pishko (Rockwell) - Feb 2, 2017

My sympathies to the entire Thornton family for your loss. Megan, I’m so sorry to hear your dad passed.
Thinking of you all-
Jenn Pishko (Rockwell)

Dulce Johannes - Feb 2, 2017

I worked with Phil and will greatly miss him, he was a great friend and always smiled. May God provide you Phil’s family resignation in this very hard times.

Dave Sander - Feb 2, 2017

I am very sorry for your loss, I have worked with Phil for years here at Evenflo I am glad I got to see him on Sunday. He will be missed. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you move thru this difficult time.

Diane (Winks) Smith - Feb 1, 2017

Terri and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Phil fought this disease long and hard. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Stradling VanHoose - Feb 1, 2017

A lifelong friend with a beautiful heart – what a legacy he leaves. Much love and sympathy to all his family….may your fond memories bring you comfort.
Cathy VanHoose and family

Darcy Lipphardt - Feb 1, 2017

Dear Terry, Stephanie & Megan,
Words cannot begin to tell you how saddened I was to see that Phil had passed. He was so full of life, and always had a smile on his face. Although we haven’t seen each other in over 25 years I have never forgotten your wonderful family.
Please accept my sincerest condolences to you all.
Much love,
Darcy Lipphardt

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