Harold L. Thornburg
L. Thornburg, 84, of West Bend, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at the Cedar
Lake Health Care Center.
born June 22, 1926, in Wells
County, Ind., to the late Leroy and Naomi (nee Brewer) Thornburg. At an
early age his family moved to South Bend, Ind., where he spent his
childhood and graduated from high school.
Harold served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending 20 months
aboard the battle cruiser U.S.S. Guam. He was honorably discharged as a
coxswain. Prior to his discharge he met Angelina Lima of Elizabeth, N.J.
He and Angie were married June 28, 1947, in South Bend, Ind.
worked for M.
Gilbert and Sons as a buyer and salesman while attending technical
school where he learned the tool and die trade. In 1953 he joined the
West Bend Aluminum Company as a tool and die designer and worked on
several popular products. In 1965 he was appointed to the position of
safety engineer for the company and also supervised the health services.
the first president of the Moraine Safety Council, serving from 1971
until 1973. He was awarded the National Safety Council Award of Merit in
1974. He received the American Society of Safety Engineers Safety
Professional of the Year award in 1985 and 1986.
Harold and his wife worked with the Cursio Marriage Encounter Program
for many years. He was a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Angels Catholic
Church for many years and delivered Meals on Wheels through the Senior
Center until it became too much for him. He enjoyed doing jigsaw
puzzles, playing and working with his eight parrots, which took up much
of his time and reading Louis LíAmour books until his eyesight started
to fail. He also enjoyed playing Bridge monthly with a group of friends
and was in a menís poker group for many years.
and Angie purchased the Candyman on Main Street in 1975 and operated the
store until February of 1989. They both enjoyed working with the
retirement, he and his wife traveled by car through
39 states until health problems caught up with him. They also enjoyed
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Angie; five children, Diana
(Gary) Kirst of
Eden, Deborah Nickel of Centennial, Colo., Daryl (Ken) Feucht of Port
Washington, Leroy (special friend, Sabrina VanLeuven) of West Bend and
Christopher of Mundelein, Ill.; and seven grandchildren, Scott (Cheryl)
Kannass, Jason (Torri) Seiser, Andrew Thornburg, Arin Thornburg, Sam
Thornburg, Laurie (Larry) Batten and Brian (Karen) Feucht. He is further
survived by five great-grandchildren, Zachary and Nicole Kannass, Matt
Seiser and Tara and Conner Feucht; his sister, Nila Simms of Tullahoma,
Tenn.; brothers in-law and sisters-in-law, Barbara Thornburg of
Mishawaka, Ind., Antonio Lima of Linden, N.J., Helen Quigley of Kings
Park, N.Y., John Lima of Elizabeth, N.J., and Grace (Frank) Sullivan of
Brick, N.J.; nieces, nephews and other relatives
and many friends.
is preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Naomi Thornburg; his
daughter, Pamela K. Thornburg; his brother, John Thornburg; Angieís
parents, Joseph and Grace Lima; a son-in-law, Mark Seiser;
brothers-in-law and sistersin-law, Louis Simms, Edward and Petrina
Sukovich, Frank Quigley, William Pierce, Helen Lima and Jenny Pierce;
other relatives and many special friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 7
p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Gerald
Brittain presiding. Visitation will be Wednesday, at the church only
from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Please use the handicap accessible carport
Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and
condolences are available at
Haroldís family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses
and staff at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center especially the Forest
View activity personnel and the Cedar Home Hospice for the kind and
loving care that was given to Harold.