Hubert Fred Thornton died Feb. 13, 2009, at age 95 in Bryan, Texas, after a long, full life. A graveside service will be held in Van Etten, N.Y. later this spring.
He was born on March 11, 1914, in Spencer, N.Y. to Emily Austen and Harry Eugene Thornton. He grew up in Van Etten, N.Y. as the fourth of five children. Growing up in a small town, he knew everyone and was surrounded by a large extended family. He graduated from Van Etten High School where he played basketball.
In 1932, he married Gertrude Aho and the couple had three children. He worked in the commercial construction business his whole life, serving as project manager on projects throughout upstate New York. He was active in the Masons, served as a volunteer fireman and loved hunting, fishing and boating on Lake Cayuga in his cabin cruiser.
In retirement, he enjoyed traveling the U.S. and around the world. A favorite trip was a cruise through the Panama Canal. After moving to Bryan in 2006, he enjoyed spending time with his family and new friends from Waldenbrook Estates.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings (Rocelia Doanes, and Kenneth, Ronald and Claude Thornton), wife Gertrude, children Hubert Richard “Dick”, Lyle Eugene and Carol Ann, and second wife Doris (Hall).
Survivors include daughters-in-law, Shirley (Steffens) Thornton of Bryan, Texas, and Barbara (Snyder) Thornton of Pinellas Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Lyle Edward Thornton of Pinellas Park, Fla., Cheryl (Thornton) Frost and husband Jon of Coppell, Texas, and Scott Thornton of Bryan, Texas; great-grandchildren, Alec, Austin and Alyssa Frost, and Ben and Jack Thornton.Print This Obituary