Thornton, Kenneth


Died: December 5, 2012

Bloomington- Kenneth W. Thornton, 76, of Bloomington, passed away at 1:30 a.m.on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Heartland Health Care in Normal. There will be no services. Cremation will be accorded. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kenneth was born on February 5, 1936 in East St. Louis, IL., to Kenneth W. and Lillie Belle (Jacobs) Thornton.

Surviving is one son, Kenneth (Deb) Thornton of Bloomington; two sisters, Gail (Deve) Brunson of McMurray, Pa; Karen (Tom) Stontz of Rock Island, IL; fiancé, Susan Hunter of Winnepeg Manitoba, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Dwaine A. Thornton.

Kenneth graduated in 1958 from the University of Illinois with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.

Kenneth was employed by Sinclair Oil Company in Harvey, Illinois until he was transferred to California. He continued his career with Sinclair Oil Company until the merger with Arco. During his career he was instrumental in inventing the formula for unleaded gasoline.

While in Bloomington Kenneth resided at Evergreen Place. He enjoyed sports, music and crossword puzzles and had great sense of humor and was a great guy who enjoyed life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Ruestman Harris Funeral

508 S Main St
Eureka, IL
Phone: (309) 467-2423