Harold Dorn Thornberry
Harold Dorn Thornberry, age 82, of Portland, Oregon passed away in the comfort of his home on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Harold was born July 29, 1939 in Powell, Wyoming to Harold Wade and Lillian VaLaire Thornberry. Known as Dorn to family and childhood friends, he devoted his life to God and his family. After graduating Powell High School in 1957, he attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota before joining the Wy National Guard. He married his childhood sweetheart Carol Fay Cozzens/Thornberry June 20, 1958. While in WY he worked at Cream of the Valley Dairy and was the Sweetheart Bread man in Buffalo, WY. He was called to active duty during the Berlin crisis in 1961 and served with Co B, 1022d Engr Bn at Ft. Lewis, WA. The family moved to Portland Oregon in 1962 where he worked as an electrician at Owens Illinois Glass Co until retiring in 1998. Twenty four retirement years were filled with travels to Europe, Caribbean, Alaska, and RV travels enjoying the USA, Wyoming, Oregon coast and winters as snowbirds in AZ. He seldom missed an event of his nine grandchildren and they could always count on Gpa in the bleachers at all sporting events. They will forever treasure his love and sound advice. He was our rock, our foundation and taught us to carry on. He and best friend/loving wife Carol moved to a 55+ retirement community in 2015 where they enjoyed entertaining their growing family and their 20 great grandchildren. The cycle of attending sporting events carried on with the next generation.
Survivors include his wife Carol of 63 years, three children Ronald Tad Thornberry (Colleen) of Gresham OR, Tanya Faye Atkins (Bob) of Sandy OR and Terrie Lynn Weberg of Vancouver WA, brother Craig Thornberry (Jane) of Gresham OR, sisters Carol Lee Ward (Len) of AZ, Jean Piteck of AZ, Chris Coiner of AZ, and Ann Franck (Ken) of LaCenter WA, sister-in-law Teri Cozzens of Powell WY, and brother-in-law Mel Cozzens (Erl) of Philippines, 9 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Brother-in-law Donnie Cozzens preceded him in death. He will be honored with a military graveside service June 22, 2022 at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland OR where family will say their farewells. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.batemancarrollfunerals.com for the Thornberry family.