Andrew Thomas Thornton
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.
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.
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 www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the family to assist with funeral expenses.
Oscoda Pinecrest Cemetery