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Brosmer-Kemple Chapel
Saturday March 26th, 2016
10:00am - 2:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Brosmer-Kemple Chapel
Saturday March 26th, 2016

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Lonnie Kent Thurston

Lonnie Kent Thurston, 71 years young, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on March 22nd, 2016 at Springs Valley Meadows in French Lick, Indiana.

He was born on March 4th, 1945 in Orange County, Indiana to Earl Thurston and Mildred “Clements” Thurston.

Lonnie married the love of his life, Loretta Lewis on June 6th, 1965 and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lonnie graduated from the Springs Valley High School Class of 1963 and worked for Smithville Telephone Company for 47 years where he was a supervisor and retired in 2014.

He is survived by:

Wife Loretta Thurston French Lick, Indiana

(2) Daughters Sandi Rae Koehler (Drew) Huntingburg, Indiana
Lori Renee Kendall (Ben) French Lick, Indiana

(1) Sister Sanda Crisp (Ron) New Albany, Indiana

(4) Grandchildren Jazzlynn Leonard, Jalon Leonard, Benton Kendall and Abby Kendall

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held by Rev. Doug Finney on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel, French Lick, Indiana.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 26th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service.

Cremation was chosen and a private burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to IU Health Paoli Foundation, PO Box 499, Paoli, IN 47454 or Patoka Cemetery c/o of Carl Allen, 9491 W. State Rd 56, French Lick, IN 47432

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, 9640 W. State Rd. 56, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

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Lonnie was a significant part of my early life from my first hunting trip to installing phone lines with him, and Carl, in P'ville.  Not to mention the Thanksgivings, Easters and Christmas's we shared.  He was close to my dad, and worked for him, and my mom.  I will always cherish my memories with Lonnie.  Never forget his marriage at Ames Chapel and his first Christmas with Loretta.  My very best to everyone, you were fortunate to have had Lonnie in your life.

Don Clements Mar 25 2016 12:00 AM

Lonnie was always close to Jake and our family.  I know he will be missed by everyone as well as me.  My love and best to Loretta and the entire family.  Dorothy

Dorothy Clements Mar 25 2016 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to you.  I hope you are holding up well and taking care of yourself.  Take care of your Mom and your family.  I wish I had your address or phone number.  
You were a blessing to me and I can't thank you enough.  Please know that I am thinking of you and your family.
Take care and bless you-

Kami Brunnworth (McBride) Mar 25 2016 12:00 AM

Loretta & family
Sending you our love.
Frank & Sue Hobson

Frank & Sue Hobson Mar 23 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sad to hear of Lonnie's passing.  My first summer job in 1966 was at the Smithville Telephone Company riding along with Lonnie.  We had some great times and he taught me a lot.  My sympathies go out to his family.  Rest in peace good friend.

Rick Deremiah Mar 23 2016 12:00 AM

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