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Obituary: Charles Earl Thornburg

He and his siblings rode their horses from their home on Alder Slope to school.

Published on February 28, 2018 8:45AM

Charles Earl Thornburg

April 7, 1922 –– February 6, 2018

Charles Earl Thornburg, 95, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, left this earth surrounded by his children and his beloved sister.

Charles was born in Enterprise the second of four children to Harold Benjamin Thornburg and Gladys Beaula Floyd.

He had many adventures growing up in the Wallowa Valley 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 and dispatcher on a fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service, logging camp cook and a sawmill log loader.

He enlisted in the U.S. 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, Idaho.

He and a few of his friends worked as carpenters in Fairbanks, Alaska, 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 mail carrier; 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.; and a sister, Maxine Parks Theissen of Nampa.

A memorial service was Feb. 24 in Nampa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Hands of Hope Northwest, 1201 S. Powerline Rd., Nampa, ID 83686.


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