We take this time to celebrate the life of Rick – Richard John Thornton. Jesus reached down his hand and took Rick home November 16th, 2020.
Born in St. Louis City to Richard & Maxine Thornton. Rick served in the United States Army 1972 – 1975 and was in the 101st Airborne Division. He jumped out of perfectly good airplanes. He served out of Fort Campbell Kentucky and Schweinfurt Germany. Later he graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in hotel management & business administration.
Married to and survived by his wife Andi Thornton. Some family below has went to be with the Lord… Rick is survived by his son Trevor (Dawn & Ryker), his son Severin (Kaitlin, Nola & Ellie) and as he would say his son Cody (Jessica, Cameron & Aurora) and his son Zach. Also his adopted family Jamie, Jackie (JJ, Nellie & Joelie) his sister Elaine (Tod, Christy, Steven, Josh, Dalton & Rachel) his brother Mike (Aaron, Jessica, Chelsea & Zach) his family by marriage, Andrew & Sheri Morgan, Bud & Sheri Whitman, Richie (Derek, Misty, Will, Nate, Faith, Carrie and Cole) (Heather, Briella and Lynley), Aunt Laura and Mike (Dana & Kelly and family), Aunt Pam and Dan (Nathan, Tim and Shawn and family) cousins Robert and family and Michelle and family. And any other family that may have been missed.
Rick was larger than life in his joy and love for his family. Those that loved him knew that he always put family 1st. He was a devout Christian and took Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Rick was a wonderful father but when it came to his grandchildren, the sky was the limit to entertaining them, loving them and bringing them joy. He loved to golf, fish and do many cannonballs in the pool. He loved to celebrate 4th of July with his “Hammer time ” of fireworks. He loved Jesus and naps. He loved life and to make those around him happy. He was always watching a baseball or football game on his downtime. Every day, Rick will be missed by those who loved him. We have so much comfort knowing Jesus loved Rick so much to take him home.
Funeral from Kutis South County Chapel 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. Monday November 23, at 10:30 am. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 4-7 pm.