Paul Raymond Thornburg
Paul Raymond Thornburg
  • June 22, 1924 - August 17, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Paul Thornburg, 93, Columbia, MO passed away on August 17, 2017 at Boone Hospital.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Paul was born on June 22, 1924 in Tulsa, OK the son of Ernest Benjamin and Cloe E. (Green) Thornburg who preceded him in death. He met Melvine Jensen in high school and they were married at the age of 20, on August 4, 1944 in St. Louis, MO after the judge made him get a permission slip from his father saying he could do so. They moved to Houston, TX and raised their family. Paul graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for Rohm & Haas for 30 years as a Maintenance Supervisor. After his retirement, they moved to Trinity, Texas where he was the president of the POA Board for his Neighborhood. He participated on the Water Board and the Trinity Ambulance Board. He and Melvine traveled the World; Austria, Germany, Africa, Denmark, Greece; they traveled everywhere. When he was not traveling or doing something for one of the boards, he was a master woodworker. He made tables, shelves, picture frames. He could make anything. Another passion of his, was golf. He and Melvine had a group of friends and they traveled around the country playing different golf courses. He was a lifelong OU fan. Towards the end of his life his body gave out but mentally he was as sharp as a tack to the very end. He always said that when he died he did not want people to be sad because he had a great life and would not change a thing.

Survivors include: the love of his life for the last 73 years, his wife Melvine Thornburg; two sons, Larry Thornburg (Frances) and Keith Thornburg, both of Columbia, MO; one daughter, Janet Thornburg of Augusta, GA; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a life full of wonderful memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Foundation For The Blind, 2 Penn Plaza, Ste 1102, New York, NY 10121.