Leo Arnold Thornton

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009

Longtime Ninilchik resident Leo Arnold Thornton died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at home. He was 82.

Per his wishes no services will be held.

Mr. Thornton was born Jan. 2, 1927 in Weippe, Idaho. He entered into the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Mr. Thornton moved to Fairbanks in 1959 where he resided until 1972 when he moved to Delta Junction. He worked for the civil service from which he retired in 1986. Following his retirement he moved to Ninilchik in 1987. Mr. Thornton loved fishing for salmon and halibut with his grandkids and friends. He loved going moose hunting on the Newitna River.

"Leo will be missed by everyone who knew him," his family said.

Mr. Thornton is survived by his daughters, Gail Thornton of Ninilchik, and Corinne Cole of Colo.; grandsons, Leo Klassy of Fort Lewis, Wash., Timothy Shropshire of Ninilchik, and Alan Shropshire of Soldotna; granddaughter, Briana Shropshire of Ninilchik; and two great-grandchildren of Fort Lewis, Wash.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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