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Ronald Thorne

December 3, 1940 December 23, 2020
Ronald Thorne
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PEORIA - Ronald N. Thorne, 80, of Peoria passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

He was born December 3, 1940, in Galesburg to Richard and Mary (Daymude) Thorne. He married Maureen (Murray) Thorne on September 3, 1960.

Ron graduated from the Midwestern School of Broadcasting after graduating from Manual High School. Thereafter he worked for WIRL radio in Peoria and remained with the station and its successive owners and changing station affiliations his entire career. He started as a Top 40 radio disc jockey (DJ) and progressed through multiple positions, working most years as an advertising salesman. He received JMP Radio’s Lifetime Achievement Award after his 45 years in broadcasting.

Ron is survived by his wife Maureen; two children - son Scott of Rockledge, FL and daughter Christine of Peoria; and three grandchildren - granddaughters Sara and Anna, and grandson Cameron. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard, and sister Lenore (Markevitch) Trainor.

Through his life Ron served others in multiple capacities. He was active with the YMCA, primarily in leadership in the Indian Guides and Indian Princesses programs in the 70s. He was an active member of St. Vincent DePaul parish, and a longtime member of the local Suburban Kiwanis. Perhaps most significantly, his passion of four decades belonged to the Peoria Cursillo in Christianity program.

Services will be held at St. Vincent DePaul church on Monday, December 28, 2020. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10:30. Fr. Stephen Willard will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, Ron’s desire was and the family’s wish is that memorial donations be made to Peoria Cursillo, 401 N.E. Madison, Peoria, IL 61603.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or leave their private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

28

Dec

9:00 AM 12/28/2020 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 12/28/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

28

Dec

10:30 AM 12/28/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Peoria Cursillo Center

419 NE MADISON AVENUE
Peoria, IL 61603
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