Robert Leon “Bobby” Thornhill, son of Thomas and Katherine “Kate” (Peltzer) Thornhill, was born on May 10, 1947 in Wright County, Missouri, and departed this life on November 20, 2009 in the St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, following a farm accident. He was 62 years, six months and ten days of age.
Bobby grew up in the Dawson community and attended Morning Sun School. He attended the Mtn. Grove High School and graduated in 1965. Following graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army on August 2, 1967 where he served during the Vietnam War. During his time of service, he was awarded several medals including a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged on May 29, 1969 as a SP4.
Bobby was united in marriage to Diana Christeson on February 7, 1970 in Cabool, Missouri. Two children were born to this union.
He was a dairy and beef farmer on the family farm all his life. He enjoyed tending to his farm duties and being outdoors.
Bobby was a member of VFW Post 3770 and the American Bowling Association. He enjoyed keeping active playing pool, cards, bowling and riding horses. He was a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and professional bull riding.
For the past few years, Bobby faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove where he enjoyed visiting with his many friends.
Bobby was a loving and caring son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Thornhill; three brothers, Lonnie, Junior, and Larry Thornhill; a sister, Sherry Collins; infant twin sisters, Vernia Jean and Bernia Dean; a special niece, Tracy Dawn Hicks; and his father-in-law, Hubert Christeson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Diana Thornhill of their home; his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Christy Thornhill of Mtn. Grove; his daughter, Kimberly Thornhill of Mtn. Grove; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Sabrina Thornhill; his mother, Katherine “Kate” Thornhill of Mtn. Grove; five sisters and their spouses, Cora Lee and Eugene Brown of Sacremento, California, Gail and Delmar Hicks of Mtn. Grove, Karen and Charlie Robertson of Nashville, Tennessee, Kay Stigall of Mtn. Grove, and Debbie and Roger Nelson of Mtn. Grove; his mother-in-law, Lucille Christeson; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in First Baptist Church, Mtn. Grove, with Rev. Gene Edwards officiating. Diana Edwards, David Prock and Nancy Doty served as singers and musicians. Song selections were “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and “On The Wings Of A Dove.” Pallbearers were Larry Turner, Tommy Owens, Steve Raney, Doug Cantrell, Bob Miller, Nicholas Thornhill, Shane Anderson and Shawn Anderson. Full military honors were provided at the cemetery by American Legion Post 30 and VFW Post 3770. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.