R. Bruce's Story

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Rodger "Bruce" Thornton, 70, of Danville, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Presence USMC in Danville.
Per his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be interred with his mother in Spring Hill Cemetery. A time for fellowship and sharing of memories is planned for 6-7 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St., Danville.
Bruce was born on Nov. 29, 1946, in Danville to William T. and Winifred "Eileen" (Sanks) Thornton.
He attended Danville area schools and later joined the U.S. Army, in which he served as a medic in Germany. Bruce worked for many years for the Brick Layer's Union as a drywall hanger and later as a maintenance worker for District 118 Schools.
His passion in life however was his cars. He enjoyed working on them, taking them apart, restoring them and just taking leisurely drives.
Bruce leaves behind his father, William Thornton; a daughter, Bonnie Johnson; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page.
Bring your own ride, and blue jeans dress is requested. This is a party ... no mourning.
Published on July 5, 2017
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