Eugene Harry "Cook" Thornburg, 85, of Danville died Friday, June 16, 2017 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington. He was born November 26, 1931 at Mt. Pleasant, the son of John Edward and Leah Mae Seager Thornburg. On December 31, 1955, he married Norma Jean Sipe in Fairfield. He attended Mt. Pleasant High School. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War as a tailgunner on a B-36 named "The Peacekeeper" from 1950 - 1954. Following the service he was a telephone contractor for J. O. Morton and in 1958 moved to Danville with his family and became the general manager of the Danville Mutual Telephone Company retiring in 1995.
He was a member of Danville Congregational United Church of Christ and was church treasurer along with other positions. He served on the Danville City Council, the Board of Directors of Danville Mutual Telephone Company and Danville Bank and was on the board for Danville Nursing Home. When his son was a youngster, he coached little league and pony league. He was a volunteer fireman for 35 years, serving 5 years as chief; a diehard Cardinals and Hawkeyes fan; supporter of Danville student sports; enjoyed fishing, woodworking, morning coffee with the boys and time spent with grandchildren and his great-granddaughter, Korah. On May 16, 1988, in Des Moines he received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Vicki (Robert) Branchini of Plainfield, Indiana; one son, Steve (Michelle) Thornburg of Bettendorf, Iowa; two sisters, Mary McKenzie and Rosezella Ford, both of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren, Patrick Branchini, Alyssa Thornburg and Logan Thornburg; one great-granddaughter, Korah Branchini; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers, Floyd, Melvin, Irvin, Rodney and Carl, and one grandson in infancy, Ryan Thornburg.
The funeral service for Mr. Eugene Thornburg will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 22 at Congregational United Church of Christ in Danville. Pastors Steven Parker and Carl Vass will officiate. Military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard will be held at the church with interment at Blakeway Cemetery, rural Danville.
Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday at Elliott Chapel, New London with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 - 7:30 PM.
Memorials have been established for Danville Congregational United Church of Christ and Danville Fire and Rescue.
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