Charles Earl ThornburgApril 7, 1922 ~ February 6, 2018 (age 95)
Charles Earl Thornburg, 95, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, left this earth on the evening of February 6, 2018 surrounded by his children and his beloved sister.
Charles was born on April 7, 1922 in Enterprise, OR, the second of four children to Harold Benjamin Thornburg b. Granite, OR and Gladys Beaula Floyd b. Crown Point, N.Y.
He had many adventures growing up in the Wallowa Valley of Oregon, hiking, hunting and fishing with his brother, Jerry and their friends. He and his siblings rode their horses from their home on Alder Slope to school. Some of his earlier jobs included, herding sheep, ranch hand, fireman/dispatcher on a fire lookout for the forest service, logging camp cook and a sawmill log loader.
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 and served on the USS Coral Sea/USS Anzio in the Pacific during WWII. After the war, he enrolled in Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa. He and a few of his friends worked as carpenters in Fairbanks, AK during their summer breaks. He met his future bride, M. Marjorie Myers while attending college. They married in 1953. To this union were born two children, James and Janice. Charles was a retired U.S. Postal Service mailcarrier; he had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful families during those years. He was an active member of College Church of the Nazarene, where he made many lifelong friends. He had the special qualities of making people laugh and helping them to feel important.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Gladys Thornburg; brother, Gerald Thornburg; sister, Wilma Thornburg Hatfield and his beloved wife, Marjorie Myers Thornburg.
Charlie is survived by his children; James E. Thornburg of Boise, Janice A. Thomas of Nampa; grandchildren, Abigail S. Thomas of Boise, Colette N. Thomas (Benjamin Turner) of Nampa and Chelsea M. Thomas of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister, Maxine Parks Theissen of Nampa.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 12 Noon at Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Avenue South, Nampa, ID 83651.
The family would like to thank all those at Streamside Assisted Living and Harrison's Hope Hospice for the love and care that you showed Charlie in his final months. He was truly appreciative of each one of you. What a smile he had!
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in his name to "Hands of Hope, N.W." 1201 S. Powerline Rd., Nampa, ID 83686.
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