HUBBARD, Ohio – Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Corner House Christian Church with full military honors for Martin Edgar Thornton, Sr., 89, who died Wednesday afternoon, November 23, 2016, peacefully at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center with his loved ones by his side.
He was born June 4, 1927, at home in Petroleum, Ohio, a son of Joseph and Roxie (Nycum) Thornton.
Mr. Thornton served in the United States Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theater. After leaving service, he met the love of his life, Patricia Jean Taylor and spent the next 53 years married until she passed in 2002.
He spent 35 years as an electrical draftsman for Westinghouse in Sharon, Pennsylvania and later at Taylor Winfield in Warren, Ohio.
He was a member of Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard, having served as Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher. He also served as a Cub Scout leader, a Hubbard Community Youth League baseball coach and helped build ballfields at Harding Park and Farrell Park. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, bowling, golfing, camping, paper flower making and was a member of the Shenango Valley Antique Car Club. Marty was also a member of the Hubbard VFW Post No. 3767 and the Disabled American Veterans.
He leaves two sons, Martin E. (Sue) Thornton, Jr. of New Castle, Pennsylvania and Kevin R. (Sharlene) Thornton of Hubbard; two daughters, Roxann (Wendell) Shelenberger of New Castle, Pennsylvania and Heather (Jim) Phibbs of Hubbard, Ohio; five grandchildren, Heidi, Luke, Bradley, Samantha and Allison and six great-grandchildren.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia and a brother, Wilson Thornton.
Family and friends may call one hour prior to the funeral services on Monday, November 28, 2016, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Corner House Christian Church.
Interment will be at Corner House Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the memorial fund of Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Hubbard, Ohio 44425.
Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.
Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
A television tribute will air Friday, November 25 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.