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E. Thorne, 77, of Grand Island died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at St. Francis
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of All Faiths
Funeral Home with military honors.
At Mr. Thorne's request, cremation will take place, with no visitation.
Mr. Thorne was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Grand Island to Hans and Katherine
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Bev; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Terry and Rita Thorne of Lexington and Mat and Michelle Thorne of Grand
Island; and two daughters, Traci Buettner of Grand Island and Linda Grape
Those also left to cherish his memory are grandchildren, Mikayla Thorne, Brett
Buettner, Brady Buettner, Lynnsey Grape, Chase Grape and Cole Thorne.
His parents and a brother, Jack Thorne, preceded him in death.
Jerry was raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, Lexington and Hastings, graduating from Hastings
High School in 1949. He attended Hastings College, where he played basketball.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
On July 2, 1955, Jerry was united in marriage to Beverly Connole at Grand Island.
The couple lived in Grand Island, then in Lexington, where they owned and operated
a motel for two years before moving to Hastings. In Hastings, Jerry was a Realtor
with his brother. In 1974 they moved to Grand Island, where he worked for Sam
Huston Reality. Jerry then went to work for the Thompson Company, where he retired
Jerry enjoyed horse racing, football, baseball and basketball. He was an avid
Husker fan and Boston Celtics fan. He was a member of the American Legion.
A memorial fund will be established in his name..