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Frank E. Thornton

February 11, 1943 — July 29, 2023

Locke, NY

 

Frank E. Thornton, 80, of Locke, passed away unexpectedly on July 29, 2023 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse.
 
Born February 11, 1943 in Cortland, he was the son of the late Seth and Dorothy (Breeds) Thornton. A lifelong resident of Moravia & Locke, Frank attended Moravia schools and earned a degree at Syracuse University. He worked as a public accountant for Allied Chemical for 19 years, and retired after 22 years with Vitale-Robinson in Auburn, where he managed the payroll.
 
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Locke & Moravia and actively supported the Vacation Bible School program. He was also a member of the Locke & Moravia Senior Citizens and Treasurer of the Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society. He was co-operator of Maple Glen Farm and was a rodeo bull rider.
 
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Esther Hargett Thornton; sons, Shane Thornton (Becky Williams) and Joshua Thornton; step-sons, Matthew (Tracee), Mark (Amy), and Mike (Yvonne) Starner; grandsons, Connor & Mason; granddaughters, Britni, Maddie & Rae; his sister, Jessie Distin (Bob); and mother-in-law, Betsy Hargett.
 
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Justin Starner, and a sister, Alice Sweeting.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Christ United Methodist Church of Locke & Moravia.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, preceding the funeral. Interment will be at a later time in Homer West Hill Cemetery.
 
Contributions, in lieu of flowers, are graciously directed to Four Town First Aid Squad, 109 Main St., Moravia, NY 13118; Locke Fire Department Rescue Squad, 1050-60 NY-38, Locke, NY 13092; Christ United Methodist Church, 36 Church St., Moravia, NY 13118; or to the Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society, 14 W. Cayuga St., Moravia, NY 13118.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shurtleff Funeral Home, Groton.    
 
 
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Friday, August 4, 2023

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Christ United Methodist Church

36 Church St, Moravia, NY 13118

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Christ United Methodist Church of Locke & Moravia.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, preceding the funeral. Interment will be at a later time in Homer West Hill Cemetery.

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Christ United Methodist Church

36 Church St, Moravia, NY 13118

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Christ United Methodist Church of Locke & Moravia.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, preceding the funeral. Interment will be at a later time in Homer West Hill Cemetery.

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