William "Bill" Lee Thorne

October 8, 1937 ~ August 16, 2022 (age 84)


William Lee Thorne


Bill, third son of Walter and Sarah Thorne, was born October 8, 1937 at the Thorne home place on the Lucas/Monroe county line.  After graduating from Chariton High School, class of 1955.  Bill joined the Navy serving on bases in San Francisco, California, Kodiak, Alaska and San Diego, California.

On April 7, 1958, Bill married Drusilla Spangler in Coronado, California.  Four children blessed this union Jeffrey Edson born October 30, 1958 at Yocom Hospital, Chariton, Gregory Lee born January 26, 1960 at Scripps Hospital, La Jolla, California, Valerie Ann born June 22, 1961 at Chula Vista, California and Douglas Walter born October 30, 1966 also at Chula Vista, California.

Bill spent 13 years in San Diego area working as an accounting supervisor in the Aero space industry.

In September 1971, Bill moved his family back to Chariton, quickly adjusting to the ever-changing weather.  In January 1995 Bill retired from the executive staff at the Hy-Vee warehouse after 22 ½  years. 

Bill enjoyed entertaining grandchildren, Lucas Thorne, Amanda Graham, Branden Martin, Tessa Thorne and  great-grandchildren, Ariel, Andrew, Jacob, Tyson, Charlotte.  He enjoyed gardening and fishing with his nephew Darin McFarland.  Bill went on many travels around the world.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Sarah Thorne, brothers, Frank and Butch Thorne, sister Virginia Etter. His eldest son Jeff (J.T.) Thorne.

He is survived by wife Drusilla Thorne, sons, Greg and Doug Thorne and daughter Valerie Martin, 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchild.

There will be no services at this time.  Services will be held at a later date under the direction of Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. On line condolence may be directed to

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