Born Nov. 12, 1926 in Terre Haute, he was the son to Clarence Thorlton and Esther (Sidenbender) Thorlton. He married Margaret K. Burk and she survives.
He was a graduate of Terre Haute Garfield High School in 1945. He served in the Army during World War II era in the Phillipines and Japan. He started Technical Manufacturing Services Inc. in Martinsville in 1971 -- retiring in 1994. He then worked part time at McDonalds. He belonged to and was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Martinsville Athletic Booster Club, Martinsville Masonic Lodge, Murat Shrine Club, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, and IU Varsity Club, Past member and Past Pres. of Martinsville Optimist Club, Martinsville Rotary Club, Past Executive Director of Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, and Business Man of the Year 1977. Past Board Member of Barbara B. Jordan YMCA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Morgan County, past Chairman J.T.P.A. Circle 7 Training Council , Community Service Center of Morgan County, Homeless Shelter, Englishton Park retirement Home and Presbyterian Ministries Inc. He was on the cover of Iron Age Magazine in 1969. He testified before then Sen. Dan Quayle on hearings to establish Job Training Partnership Act.
Survivors in addition to his wife include: two sons; Dan Thorlton and wife Cindy, Linton, and John Thorlton and wife Paula, Robinson, IL; 3 grandsons, Carter Thorlton, Carbondale, IL, Collin Thorlton, Robinson, and Tim Thorlton, Linton; 2 brothers, Ronald Thorlton and wife Thelma, Terre Haute, and Jerry Thorlton and wife Pat, Greenwood; and several nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roselawn Funeral Home in Terre Haute. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Mike Roth officiating.
Burial will be in the Roselawn Memorial Park.