OBITUARY

Gary Wayne Thornton

December 15, 1952January 7, 2021
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Gary Wayne Thornton, age 68, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Gary was born December 15, 1952 in Fargo, ND.

Gary attended Dilworth High School and graduated in 1971. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force and worked in the communications field. He was stationed in various places around the world.

After 20 years of service, Gary retired from the USAF Sept 1991 in Omaha, Nebraska. Gary worked in communications in Nebraska until he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001. He worked at Sunrise Hospital as a Computer Operator until he retired in 2008.

Anyone that knew him knew his love of music (especially The Beatles), Marvel comics (Superman being his favorite) and most of all his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Hollie Thornton, grandson, Tyler Thornton both of Las Vegas, NV, brother and sister-in-law, Bob & Linda Thornton of Albert Lea, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Butch and Clarice Thornton, brother, Dick Thornton, and son, GW Thornton.

A celebration of life for Gary will be held Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary, 7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89129. A cremation will occur.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmcheyenne.com for the THORNTON family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, January 17, 2021

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Kelly Hunter

January 16, 2021

I met Gary back in 2003.
He used to keep me company at work in the morning when I was a bartender.
We spent so many hours talking about music, watching VH1 and doing cross word puzzles.
I really miss those days and I'm really going to miss Gary.

Steven Kilian

January 12, 2021

Gary was a great friend of mine for 45 years. We spent 15 months in Turkey together while in the Air Force. We have been able to spend time together over the years and we always had a great time. Gary was my best friend for all 45 years. He was a kind, caring and thoughtful person. He puts others needs first and his a distant second. I will miss him but he is always in my thoughts. RIP Gary.

Cori Fincken

January 12, 2021

Hollie,

Your dad was a wonderful man and I am so glad to have called him my friend. We had so many wonderful conversations and he taught me so many things about life. He was so proud of you and Tyler, and loved you both so much. He will be missed, rest peacefully Gary.....

Sharon Craig

January 12, 2021

I met Gary when I hired him for the position of Computer Operator at Sunrise Hospital. Gary was a wonderful employee who I could always count on to complete his tasks during the night shift. I remember when he was sick he would insist on coming to work even when I begged him to stay home. Such a dedicated employee. Like Gary I also lost a son and we bonded holding each other with our memories. After Gary left Sunrise we continued to stay in contact, him updating me on the things his grandson was doing and me on my grandchildren. I will miss his messages on Facebook and his Christmas cards which included pictures of his daughter and grandson. Gary was a special person and will never be forgotten.

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