Lyle Edward Thornburg
Lyle Edward Thornburg, 69, New London, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at his residence.
A graveside funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Blakeway Cemetery, rural Danville. The Rev. Jim Roth will officiate. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
He was born April 16, 1944, in Mt. Pleasant. He was the son of Melvin Edward “Jim” and Betty Louise (nee Darnell) Thornburg. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1964. He married Shirley Jean Hobart. The couple later divorced.
For four years, he worked at Bentler’s Texaco and Phillips 66 Service Stations. He then worked nine years at the Spahn & Rose Lumber Company. For 30 years, he was employed by the J.I. Case Company in Burlington. He worked in many different departments for J.I. Case. He retired from J.I. Case in 2005. He also worked part time for the Otho Fertilizer Company and as a farmhand for several area farmers.
He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local #806 He was a 40+ year member of the International Order of Oddfellows (I.O.O.F.) Lodge of New London. He had formerly served on the New London Fire Department. He was in the Southeast Iowa Ridge Blasters Snowmobile Club. He also enjoyed hunting and tractor pulls.
He is survived by two children, Todd (Kim) Thornburg of New London and Cindy (Jon) Phillips of Janesville, Wis.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob Thornburg.