Obituary for Michael Glenn Thornton

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Michael Glenn Thornton

Died: December 1, 2016

Thornton, Michael G., Passed away on December 1, 2016 at the age of 61. Loving husband of Trish Thornton; devoted father of Michael Thornton, Sean Madden, Christine Madden, and Lisa Madden; dear brother of Danny (Patricia) Thornton, Mary (Jerry) Paule, Larry (Linda) Thornton, Jimmy (Jackie) Thornton, Bobby Thornton, Shawn (Kathy) Thornton, Bryan (Donna) Thornton, and Bridgett Haniford; Grandfather of Mia Madden. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Geraldine Thornton.
Michael Glen Thornton was born on February 9, 1955, the fourth of nine children, to Ralph and Geraldine Thornton in St. Louis, MO. He grew up in Normandy, MO. Michael was athletic and especially enjoyed soccer. In 1974, he was selected as a Missouri All- State Soccer Player. Michael never let life’s obstacles get in his way and lived life to the fullest. He never knew a stranger – and loved to talk. He loved spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, papa, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend. His biggest joy was his granddaughter, Mia.
Michael went to his heavenly home on December 1, 2016 and will be missed immensely by all who loved him.

Services: The Hutchens- Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center is caring for Michael’s family. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Hutchens-Stygar Funeral Home, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. St. Charles MO. 63304.

Funeral Service will be conducted 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Hutchens – Stygar Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. St. Charles MO. 63304.

Interment will take place at St. Philippine Cimetiere , 4057 Towers Rd, St. Charles

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to  National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation


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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center


5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63304

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Service Information

Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm -

Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center


5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63304

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Died: December 1, 2016

Condolences for Michael Glenn Thornton

Laura Stark posted on12/4/16

Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Pam Bingaman Tabacchi posted on12/4/16

Sorry for your loss. Prayer for Mike and his family.


Marilyn and CJ posted on12/4/16

Our prayers are with you at this time. We have become so close to the Thornton family. So happy he got to take the trip to Tennessee .


Denise Wilmes posted on12/3/16

My heart is heavy to hear this sad news, though I find peace in knowing Mike is pain free and held in the loving arms of Jesus. Trish, I want to share with you the final stanza of a poem I wrote when my daddy passed away years ago, it still brings comfort to me and I pray it will do the same for you. "..Now I know he is at Heavens gate, with all his strength regained, cry no more at his new fate, for now he has no pain..". Know I will be keeping your family all in prayer.


Barbie ( O'Keefe ) Carpenter posted on12/3/16

Thinking of all of the Thornton Family.


michele posted on12/3/16

Trish, you and your family are in our prayers. So so sorry for your loss. Heaven was made a little brighter on Dec. 1st. Sincerely, John and Michele Reynolds


Mary Ann Pusateri posted on12/2/16

I am so sorry for your loss of your brother Larry. :/ You and your family have my deepest condolences.


Rebecca Kaiser posted on12/2/16

So incredibly sad to hear this. What a wonderful person. What a terrible loss. May your memories comfort your family. My sincerest condolences.


Michele "Mickie" posted on12/2/16

Many fond memories of Mike and growing up with the Thornton family. So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Lynne Bakker posted on12/2/16

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. Chinese Proverb Rest in peace sweet, wise man! You were dearly loved and you will be deeply missed. To all our Thornton and Barrett cousins our hearts and prayers are with you. Take care of one another! Love to all, Lynne and Bill


Donna Thornton posted on12/2/16

I will always remember & will miss Michael's hugs, everyone of them was like a getting a big bear hug & he always said he loved you when he hugged you. I will also remember him telling me that I was something else, which he meant in a good way. Love you Michael. RIP


John Anderson posted on12/2/16

My prayers and thoughts are with the Thornton family and extended family members. Growing up in Normandy was a peaceful, joyous time of our youth and our families shared that joy together. I wish you peace and hope and God given strength to endure.


Victor Lee Turner posted on12/2/16

Michael Thornton passing. The news is sad for us, but Mike is free from the cancer that took him and his Beloved Vickie. I knew him from Normandy High School, as a classmate, friend, (Mike had NO enemies), and a Man who met all the obstacles of his life with grit and determination. From what I have read about Mike over the last few days, He started his life with obstacles from birth defects and his life ended with him losing his fight with pancreatic cancer. What happened between his birthdate and his passing day has been a blessed and gifted life. A boy who Doctors said would never walk, scored the winning goal to give Normandy High School the Missouri State Soccer title of 1973-74. That is a blessing and proof what ever obstacles Mike had in his life he would and did meet them head on! Rest In Peace Mike, you will never be forgotten.


Dan thornton posted on12/2/16

Without exception Michael was the most courageous person I have ever met in my life. Coming into this world was not an easy ride for Mike. Born with multiple birth defects, enduring several operations and spending months in the hospital before ever being able to coming home for the first time. I recall Mom and Dad setting Mary Ann, Larry and I down on the bottom bed of the bunkbed in the back bedroom and telling us that Michael (who we had never seen) was coming home and that he looked a little different than we did but he was fine. They said that we should not treat Michael any different then we treat each other now. Well that we did, and he turned out as rough and tumble as we did, maybe even more. With all the challenges that Mike was handed from the start, he met every obstacle head on. I recall Mom telling us that the Doctor said Mike may never walk, but that proved not to be the case, as he was a terrific athlete and went on to play soccer all through grade school high school and college. There are many more examples of how Mikey overcame the odds and did what would be hard for others. For many years Michael would undergo additional surgeries and hospital stays, but I never heard him complain one time. He just accepted the situation and moved on. You recall earlier I said Mom and Dad said that we should not treat Mike any differently, well Michael never expected to be treated any different. He refused to accept that he had anything less than anyone else and that’s how he lived his life. Probably my most special times with Mikey were when he was building his dream home in the woods up in Warrenton. I would go up and help him out on the house, even with my limited experience in construction. But he would always fine something that I could handle. Then another obstacle, Mike would lose his wife Vickie to cancer before the house was complete. Once again, he would take life as it came and move forward. Luckily as fate would have it, Trish and Mike would come to each other and the rest is history. Mikey was an awesome brother, loving father, husband, uncle, cousin and friend to all. Mikey is my hero and I will miss him immensely.