David W. Thornton


February 11, 1952 - September 15, 2014


David W. Thornton was born February 11, 1952 at Wagner, SD to Wesley and Marie (Rysavy) Thornton.  He grew up attending school in Wagner and attended Anaconda Job Corp, for heavy equipment operation. He worked construction for numerous years as a foreman and operator of equipment.  He recently was employed by Trail King Industry in Mitchell. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to fish and hunt. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

He is survived by a special friend, Susie Graham, Mitchell; two daughters: Niki Rethke, Milbank; Jenny Hanten, Watertown, three grandchildren; one brother, James (Tammy) Thornton, Wagner; two sisters: Carol (Jerry Stucky) Thornton, Piedmont; Marge (Jeff) Flesner, Spearfish; his mother, Marie Thornton, Spearfish; an aunt, Irene Rysavy, Spearfish and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 19, 2014
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Laurie Peto on September 17, 2014
Dave was so much fun to talk with when we would fly up from Florida to visit in the summers. His care for other people was obvious when you talked with him, and he was such a gentleman to everyone. He was taken away so many years too soon. We will miss him forever and always remember how good he was to Susie. May he rest in peace and may Susie find peace in his memory.
Posted by Julie Steiner on September 15, 2014
The sweetest man. His kindness toward my grandmother will never be forgotten. I feel fortunate that we had an opportunity to visit with him in July and I was able to let him know how much we appreciate all he has done for our family. He will be forever missed and always remembered.
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