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John E. Thorn Sr.
December 31, 1936 - July 9, 2022
John passed away peacefully early Saturday morning surrounded by family.
John was born on New Years Eve, 1936, to Mary and Joseph Thorn. He was one of six children: four preceded him in death, Mary, Elizabeth, Doris, and Bill. John was a graduate of Bartram High School where he earned his letterman sweater for playing soccer.
John was a United States Army Veteran (1958-1961), where he was a Paratrooper/ Military Police, E-4, and 82nd Airborne Division.
John met and married the love of his life Terry, in 1963. They went on to have five children, John, Michael, Lisa, Michelle, and Nichole. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
General Electric and Lockheed Martin employed John for over 30 years, where he worked under Top Secret Service Clearance. He took NASA wiring courses earning him many service awards for his extensive experience in wiring re-entry vehicles and satellites.
John was an avid blood donor. He volunteered his time to Little Flower Manor Home for the elderly, Fort Mifflin, and Saint Vincent Orphanage.
John enjoyed spending time traveling with his family by car (usually in a giant station wagon) to California to visit relatives. He enjoyed visiting the landmarks and sites of the country, he so dearly loved, creating great memories with his wife and children. He also loved to dance, appearing in Band Stand in his youth. He was known to head up the annual Block Parties, where you would find him escorting his wife to the dance floor contest, dancing to his favorites by Elvis and Glenn Miller.
John’s hobbies included coin and USA flag paraphernalia collecting, working towards perfecting his pond, participating in Barber Sop Quartet, and tinkering in his shop. He could fix anything with duct tape. Anyone that knew him has seen his work, from taping together canes and flag poles to bikes and household appliances. HA HA! He made it work.
All will miss John, known for his blue eyes and smile that lit up a room.
John will be reunited with his wife, Terry Luongo (predeceased), and son John Thorn Jr (predeceased).He leaves behind to cherish his loving memories, his four children, Michael Thorn (Judy), Lisa Kelleher (Jim), Michelle Prager (Ken), and Nichole Spadea (Chris), twelve grandchildren, Kiersten, Kelsie, Tyler, Mason, Christopher (C.J.), John III, Anthony, Christopher, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Breanna, Brittany, three great grandchildren, Ava, Dean, and Lucy, along with his brother, Joe, and many friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022, 5:00-7:00 PM, at The Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square PA 19073, followed by his Funeral Service at 7:00 PM. Interment private.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
5:00 - 7:00pm (Eastern time)
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Starts at 7:00pm (Eastern time)
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