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Idaho State Journal, 03/07/06
BLOOMINGTON — Newell Bruce Thornock died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the age of 86. He was
born on Oct. 18, 1919, in Bloomington, Idaho, to William Ward and Grace Elenore Wilks
Thornock, being the 10th of 10 sons, all of which have preceded him in death.
Bruce married Florence Mary Peel in Reymerstone, England, on May 13, 1944, while
serving there in World War II in the Army Air Corps. He was a bombardier navigator of a
B-24, and served several missions in Germany and South Africa. Their marriage was
solemnized in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on March 18, 1966.
In the 1950s he hauled milk for the Bear Lake Co-op in Paris with the help of his
children. He also, with the help of his good family, was the caretaker of the Bloomington
Cemetery for many years. The love of his life was that of his family and driving school
bus for 26 years. He talked often of his experiences and love of the school children. He
also worked for the City of Bloomington, serving as constable for a time. He was a member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a high priest at the time of
Bruce is survived by his wife, Florence, of 61 years; and seven children, Marleen (Art)
Polad of Herriman, Utah, Ray (Doris) Thornock of Montpelier, Phyllis (Randell) Michaelson
of Inkom, Idaho, Charmaine (Frank) Lloyd of Montpelier, Arlette (Mike) Walker of Evanston,
Wyo., Kelvin Thornock of American Falls, Idaho, and Ivan (Wanda) Thornock of Bloomington;
31 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. in the Paris Stake
Center. Friends may visit with family on Friday evening, March 10 at Matthews Mortuary in
Montpelier from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
The interment will be in the Bloomington Cemetery.