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Donald F. Thurston

January 30, 1937 ~ October 31, 2019 (age 82)


Donald F. Thurston, 82, of Hooppole, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019, at Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole. Pastor Peggy Emmert will officiate.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 2-5 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be at a later date at Hooppole Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Donald Thurston Memorial Fund.


Donald was born January 30, 1937, the son of Franklin and Erma (Barton) Thurston, in Kewanee.  He graduated from Wyoming High School.  He proudly served in the National Guard.  On August 16, 1959, he married Joyce K. Goembel at Calvary Church, Hooppole.  Donald farmed in rural Wyoming and Hooppole for many years, then was a truck driver with Star Transport for many years, from which he retired.  He loved fishing, enjoyed camping, playing Bocce Ball, and playing Aggravation board game at family events.


Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce; children, LuAnn (Dan) DeGrave, Atkinson, Deb (Vern) Carlson, Annawan, Frank (Colleen) Thurston, Mineral, Jennifer (Chuck) Miller, Hooppole; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Erma, and special brother, Ernest “Porky” Blakey.

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 Service Program


November 3, 2019

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
214 South State Street
Atkinson, IL 61238

Funeral Service
November 4, 2019

10:30 AM
Zion United Methodist Church
311 Main Street
Hooppole, Illinois 61258

Private Inurnment

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