Andrew Thomas Thornton

Oscoda, Michigan
November 28, 1982 - January 24, 2020


A visitation is planned for Friday, January 31, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and again on Saturday, February 1, 2020 beginning at 2:30 pm until the start of service at 3:30 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home, Oscoda, MI.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, Oscoda, MI


A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 1, 2020 beginning at 3:30 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home, Oscoda, MI.

Obituary Notice

Andrew Thomas (Andy) Thornton, of Oscoda, Michigan, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home during the early morning hours of Friday, January 24th, 2020. He was 37 years old. Andrew was born a blonde-haired, blue-eyed bouncing baby boy to overjoyed parents Nancy A. Orvis, of Coral, and Gary L. Thornton, of Tawas on November 28th, 1982. Andrew spent most of his early years between the Gaylord and Grand Rapids areas. He attended Lakeview Community High School near Coral and after high school continued on to become employed at a local factory making car parts for several years which he would later use as stepping stone to gain employment with Kalitta Air in the late 2000’s upon returning to the Oscoda area. He leaves behind a legacy of humor and good nature. To the people who knew him, he was a “kind-hearted respectable man” who “had this way about him that everyone loved,” the kind of soul that “would give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it.” Andrew always had “a big heart and big smile.” Foremost in thought are his children Hannah, age 9, and Caleb, age 7. There are no words to express the tragic loss of life these children have suffered. He is survived by his parents, Nancy (John) Orvis and Gary (Holly) Thornton, his grandfather, William Neil Thornton, of Tawas, siblings, brother Michael W. Franken, of Grand Rapids, and sisters Nichole J. Kooistra, of Coral, Catherine M. Thornton, of Gaylord, Meredith (Brent) Feole, of Gaylord, Allison (Will) Andrew, of Westland, and Katelynn L. Thornton, of Gaylord. There will be a visitation service on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and again between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 with the memorial service commencing at 3:30 pm. Both Friday and Saturday services will be held at the Buresh Funeral Home, Oscoda, MI. You may offer your condolences online at


In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the family to assist with funeral expenses.


Oscoda Pinecrest Cemetery


I am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man. I will never forget him and all he has done. He will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts.
— Michelle Mcmillan
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.
— Crusecom Family
Sorry for your loss was to soon. Only got to know him a short time working with him he was funny guy hope your at rest and not in pain anymore. Safe travels to heaven man.
— Jason
My dearest sympathy for your loss Andy was a great guy friend and coworker he will be greatly missed
— Lanice apsey
This breaks my heart!!! Such an amazing guy! Would always tell me stories about his daughter named Hannah! He was so supportive at Wiltses 💔 he’s too young to pass away! I’ll miss his sense of humor!! I wish comfort to all his family and most importantly his kids.
— Hannah Hart
Prayers of comfort during this horrific time.
— Jackie Hutchinson
Andrew was an amazing kind hearted man, he will forever be in my heart. ♥️Rip brother
— Amy lynn
Im glad to know Andy and be one of his friends. I met him back in junior high. He impressed me with the knowledge he had about cars at a young age. Good people he was. RIP my friend and I'll see you at the crossroads ✝
— Bert "Jon" Slonka Jr
Rest in peace, my friend until we meet again. You will always be in my good memories of life!
— Eli Bradley
You were loved by everyone and will forever hold a place in my soul and the soul of the community.
— Jared Marion
He was a real good guy always came into work happy cool person to hang out with
— Nathaniel schultz
my condolences to the family he will be greatly missed see you on the other side Andrew was a great guy he had a sense of humor and he was a gentlemen with a big heart and he loved his kids very much miss you buddy
— amie haeck

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