Rev. Thomas "Tom" Thorne, age 74, of Neosho, Mo., entered into rest on September 9, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin, Mo., following a short illness.
Tom was born July 2, 1943, in Joplin, the son of Dr. Thomas V. and Mary Margaret (Johnson) Thorne. He spent his life serving others through the church, public education, sports and community service. He has taught in Chanute, Lawrence, and Eureka, Kan., before returning to Neosho in 1981. He then taught in the East Newton school system, owned and operated the Coaches Locker Sporting Goods Store, in Neosho; worked for the Newton County Juvenile Department and coached in area schools, including Carthage and most recently, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. He was ordained as pastor of the First Congregational Church in 1985, where he currently served. He was a recipient of the Neosho Exchange Club Golden Deeds award and he was an accomplished master decathalete, competing both nationally and internationally. He continued the Thorne tradition of sharing the Christmas season by hosting Santa at his home on Oak Ridge Drive.
Tom and Patricia "Patty" Baird were married on August 19, 1967, in Heavener, Okla., and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
In addition to his wife, Patty, Tom is survived by three children, Timothy Thorne and wife, Heather, of Neosho, Kerri Bowser and husband, Tod, of Pierce City, and Jason Thorne and Kristy, of Neosho; grandchildren, Logan, Blake, Rachel, Colton, Brett, Tucker, Madison, Jaya, Bryar and Collins; one great-grandchild, Bethel Grace; one brother, Terry Joe Thorne and wife, Dana, of Pawhawski, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, all of whom he included as his own. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Tim, Jim, Jerry "Bear" and John.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 16, at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, in Neosho.
Contributions, in memory of Tom, may be made to the Tom Thorne Memorial Fund, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
may be posted at
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on September 13, 2017