Range Funeral Homes


Leon Harvey Thornton

03/19/1964 - 12/15/2019

Leon H. Thornton, 55, of Gilbert, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 20, 2019 at Range Funeral Home at 1:00 pm with visitation one-hour prior. Deacon Dan Schultz will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Leon Harvey Thornton was born March 19, 1964 in Aurora to Lewis and Ruth (Powell) Thornton. He attended school at Aurora-Hoyt Lakes. Following high school, he attended Mesabi Community College and finished schooling at several colleges in Florida. On August 2, 1986, he was united in marriage to Patricia Grams in Britt. Leon worked as a police officer in Winter Springs, FL, where he was quickly promoted through the ranks to Internal Affairs.

Leon and Patricia returned home to MN in the early 1990’s. Leon policed in Biwabik for a time, after which he started AA-A Positive Bail Bonds and S&T Legal Services. He had interest in several commercial and residential real estate holdings.

Leon loved the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, his home on Bass Lake, his rabbits, collector cars, golfing, hot sauce, and his best friend and love of his life, Patricia.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia; brother, Vance of Merritt Island, FL; sisters, Charlotte (Neil) Urban of Temple, TX, Terri (Orville) Urban of Biwabik, Faith Thornton of Gilbert, and Lynne Thornton-Dewhurst of Gilbert; brother-in-law, Todd Dewhurst; several nieces and nephews, including special nephew, Levi (Jackie) Bennett and special niece, Nicole (Aaron) Lind.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth “Scamp”; father, Lewis; brother-in-law, Michael Bennett; and mother-in-law, Louise Grams.

13 thoughts on “Leon Harvey Thornton”

  1. Sylvia Feiock says:

    Patty we are so sorry for your loss prayers to your family Matt and Sylvia Feiock ( from Boondocks)

  2. Patti Coy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Know I love you and I’m here for you. If you need anything please let me know. 218 410 7763

  3. Dean Mineheine says:

    So sorry for your loss. Grew up with the Thornton family. U will be in our prayers.

  4. Dick Wadley says:

    I remember Leon fondly for many reasons but one of which was playing softball on the same team with him back in the days. Deepest sympathy .

  5. Dan Marchetti says:

    Patty, I am so sorry for your loss. I recall many times with Leon and he always brought a smile to my face. It was as pleasure being to work along side him. You will be in my prayers.

  6. April Booth says:

    I am so sorry Patty to hear of your loss. You are in my heart and prayers.

  7. Jay Hancock says:

    Sorry for your loss. Have know the Thornton family for my whole life, my thoughts are with you.

  8. Kim Jacobson says:

    Lynnie, Vance, Faith, Charlotte and Terri-so sorry to you all! We wish we could be there for the service-we will be thinking of you and praying for God to help you through. Patty-we haven’t met but please accept our condolences.
    From Kim Jacobson, Randy and Darren.

  9. nancy jacobson says:

    Any time we think of Leon, our first thoughts
    are of that “BIG SMILE” and his own special
    laugh!!! We just couldn’t help but smile and
    laugh with him..

    So very sorry for your loss.
    Nancy Jacobson and John Henderson

  10. Chuck Kindstrand says:

    From what I remember of Leon, he was a kind and thoughtful person. To his family, I express my deepest condolences.

  11. Mary Skala Benson says:

    On behalf of the A-HL Class of ‘82, our sincerest condolences to Leon’s family. It is heartbreaking to lose a classmate. May he Rest In Peace.

  12. Lance stead says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school in aurora with Leon . Myself and our classmates send our prayers to you and the rest of the family.

  13. Gary Aubol says:

    I just noticed this and am very sad that he wasn’t able to beat this. I got to know him at the Supreme Court and he was always up beat and friendly. My prayers go out for you.

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12/20/2019 at 1:00 pm
911 16th St N, Virginia, MN 55792, USA

Visitation begins at 12:00 pm