Walter R. Thornton, age 68, of Nokomis, FL, formerly of Wabasha, died Friday, April 6, 2018 at Venice Bayfront Regional Hospital in Venice, FL. He was born September 1, 1949 in Newport, RI, the son of Richard and Mildred (Gibson) Thornton. He was a graduate of Wabasha High School. Walt worked as a machinist in Winona for DCM Tech. He retired in April, 2017. He married Lisa Shreve March 19, 1976 in Rockford, IL. The couple moved to Florida in June, 2017.
He enjoyed fishing and boating on the Mississippi River and in his younger years camping on the river sand bars with his family. He also enjoyed watching football games. One of his jobs at home was taking charge of the Weber grill. His greatest joy was time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Walt is survived by his wife, Lisa Thornton, Nokomis, FL; daughter, April Thornton (Kye Lackey), Wabasha, MN; five grandchildren, Alex Kittelson, Olivia Thornton, Gaven Zomok, Jaxon and Lilah Lackey; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy Moyer and Isabella Kittelson; mother, Mildred Getschmann, Wabasha, MN; brothers, James (Frances) Thornton, Mountain Home, ID, and Jack (Pat) Thornton, Columbia Heights, MN; sisters, Dori Bales (Rodney Laskewitz), Wabasha, MN, and Sue (Joel) Ernst, Alma, WI; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by daughter, Rachel Thornton, father, Richard Thornton, step-father, Otto Getschmann and sister, Mary Jensen.
A memorial Mass will be offered on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:30am at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha with the Reverend Father Gregory Parrott officiating. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery at West Albany. Family and friends may call at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 4-8pm and at the church on Tuesday one hour before the Mass.