Danville Express

Community Pulse - October 5, 2007


John Ruskin Thornberry

John Ruskin Thornberry, 85, a resident of Danville since 1969, died Sept. 23. He most recently lived at Lorvin care home.

He was born March 3, 1922. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and retired from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co. He served in the U.S. Army and was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member in the Purdue Alumni Club, the VFW, the American Legion and spent 20 years as a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, and achieved a Life Master in duplicate bridge. His hobbies included dancing, stamp collecting and volleyball.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis; by his son Tracy; his son David and wife Vicki; his daughter Linda Heasell and husband Gary; his daughter Diane Stockwell and husband Phillip; and seven grandchildren. A memorial service was held Sept. 29 at Christ Community Church in San Ramon. Donations may be sent in memory of John Ruskin Thornberry to Kaiser Permanente Hospital-Hospice, 200 Muir Road, Martinez 94553.


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