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Obituary for Russel Glen Thorne

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Russel Glen Thorne

May 24, 1924 - August 1, 2014

Russel Glen Thorne
May 24, 1924 – August 1, 2014

Russel Glen Thorne died on August 1, 2014. He was born in Ogden, Utah to Clifford and Anna Thorne on May 24, 1924. He was the youngest of five siblings and is the last of his family; passing away at age 90. He lived all his life in Ogden.

Russ was very proud to have served in World War II. He joined the Army Airborne at age 18 and was a member of the 17th Airborne Division. He was a paratrooper. In 1945 his Unit jumped over the Rhine into Germany where he was wounded, and received a Purple Heart.
Russ was happily married to Lynn John for 64 years. They traveled, golfed, and loved to winter in Oceanside, California where they had many friends.
Ogden School District was lucky to have Russ as an art teacher for 30 years. He taught at Central and Mt. Ogden Jr. High schools. He touched the lives of many students, encouraging them to pursue the arts in their lives. Mr. Thorne was a mentor and friend to many amazing artists today.
Russ was a popular figure in Ogden, there were few people he didn’t know by name. You couldn’t know him without loving him, and the feeling was reciprocal. He genuinely cared for everyone. If you were lucky, you were on “Russ’s Mustard” list. It was always a spicy Christmas treat.
Russ and Lynn had three children: Jeannie (deceased), Tim (Lani) and Nancy. They had two granddaughters: Stephanie and Michelle Stettler, three grandsons: Fred. Bart and Bryce Thorne, Tim and Lani’s family: Kelly Beckstrand and Dustin Harrison, and four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was an adoring and proud Grandpa and was deeply loved. Russ was an amazing “Uncle Russ” to numerous nieces and nephews. He followed their lives and was always a phone call away.
Russ was so loved by so many and will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph’s Villa for their loving care of Russ this past year.
There will be a celebration of Russ’s life on August 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th St., Ogden, Utah. Please come with a smile and a great Russ story to share!
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Date: Friday, August 29, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Born: May 24, 1924
Died: August 1, 2014

Condolences for Russel Glen Thorne

Mary Herman posted on 8/26/14

Mr. Thorne was my art teacher at Mt. Ogden. I loved his class. In fact, I still have a couple of the projects he assigned. He was a knowledgeable and encouraging teacher. My condolences.


Lynn Mcgrath posted on 8/26/14

My husband Mike and I were fortunate to have met Russ and Lynn in Oceanside, where they spent many winters. Both such warm, engaging people. My sincere condolences to Lynn and her family. Lynn Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada


Gerti/Nick Chernoff posted on 8/25/14

We are sorry to hear our good Oceanside friend passed away.Russ and Lynn where our winter friends for many, many years.We enjoyed the Thursdays happy hours, and very much the New Years Crab Feast that Russ did up.We shall treasure the fond memoirs for ever. Gert/Nick Galiano. BC, (Maple Ridge)


Marianne Cone Chaplin posted on 8/21/14

Russ was the best teacher for me, not as a student, but as a first year teacher at Mt. Ogden Jr. High. With his encouragement and guidance, I enjoyed two good years being an art educator before moving to Park City. My sympathies to Lynn and their family.


ken beck posted on 8/10/14

The great class of 42 has lost one of its fine leaders. Russ was always the most fun guy at any occasion, weather it be a double date or a formal dance (we had many in those good days) Russ was one of my best friends all through high school , and after the war also.HE will remain in my prayers always. my very best to Lynn.


Jerry Fruin posted on 8/8/14

Russ was a good friend to my parents, Bob and Carol Fruin, My parents had such a great time with Russ and Lynn during the many winters they spent as neighbors in Oceanside.


Jan and Mike Slabaugh posted on 8/5/14

Our neighborhood will miss you, Russ. You made our mornings brighter and our moods happier. Your smile and "Hello" told it all: we were more than passers- by, we were your friends; you cared about us and always asked about our children. Thank you! We will remember your art and your devotion to Ogden and the community. So many times, we heard comments about your love of students. You made a difference!


Curt Fuller posted on 8/4/14

Mr. Thorne, even after almost 50 years, remains as one of my favorite and most influential teachers in my entire 12 years of school. I loved his classes.


Rich and Kristin Bauter posted on 8/3/14

Malan Avenue has lost a another icon No one loved our neighborhood more than Russ and Lynn. Russ knew every family, always there to lend a hand or some advice. His former students still extoll his expertise as their art teacher who instilled a lifelong love of the arts. Lynn, we will miss Russ as a fond memory during a very important time in our lives. Rich and Kristin Bauter


Neil Kreeck posted on 8/3/14

Lynn, So sorry to hear about Russ, he will be missed by many. So many fond memories that include all the Malan folks and what a good time we had as kids and then bringing our kids back to meet everyone. I stopped by your place about 6 months ago but nobody was home and didn't see Boyd either. The Mustard tradition continues, Karen, Jim's wife makes it and it is called "Malan Memories Mustard," and is given out only at Christmas. Be well, you are in our prayers. Neil and Dee Kreeck