Sunday’s Obituary: Alphonse James Thornton

Alphonse Thornton was my great-grandfather.  I never met him, because he died when my father was still a small boy.  Here is his obituary, as posted in a local Sioux City, IA newspaper on 27 Apr 1959 :

Alphonse J. Thornton
Funeral services for Alphonse J. Thornton, 68, 712 W. Fifth street, who died Saturday night after suffering a heart attack at the Hollywood theater where he was a doorman, will be at 10:30 am. Tuesday at St.  Boniface Catholic church.  Rev. Ralph Scherrer will officiate.  Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Harry Robinson, Albert Mullen, Elmer Watkins, Eugene Thompson, Howard Hanneman and Richard Evens.
The rosary will be recited at 8 o’clock tonight at the Larkin funeral home.
Mr. Thornton was dead on arrival at a hospital to which he was taken by a fire department inhalator squad.
He was born September 4, 1889, at Hubbard, Neb.  He came to Sioux City in 1908.  He married Mary Robinson November 24, 1915, in Sioux City.  They moved to Westfield, Ia., returning to Sioux City in 1938.
He was employed by Swift & Co. for 12 years, retiring 4 years ago.
Survivors include the widow; four sons, Bonnie and Charles of Rock Island, Ill., A.J. Jr., of Sioux City and James of Silver Springs, Md.; two daughters, Miss Darlene Thornton of Sioux City and Miss Jean Thornton of San Francisco; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence of Sioux City and Edward of Des Moines and two sisters, Mrs. Marie McHale of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Irene Bowen of Thurman, Ia.

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  • Kellie - November 21, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    There is something so nice about old obituaries. Once you get past the fact that it’s about someone who died – there is so much more information than is given out now. Exact cause of death, pallbearers and detailed funeral information – it makes it so much more personal than the obits of today.ReplyCancel

  • Bill Thornton - May 21, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    I remember the funeral service. I was very fond of my Grandfather. I was 6 years old and did not understand death. When I saw my Grandfather lying in the casket I ran up to him pleading for him to wake up. Well, that didn’t go over very well. Soon the whole family was crying including me.ReplyCancel

  • Lon E. Thrall - May 22, 2013 - 1:05 am

    Thanks for sharing brother.ReplyCancel

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