Ronald Thorne


Ronald Lee Thorne, 81, of Ottumwa, died at 4:34 a.m. May 13, 2024 at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.

He was born November 11, 1942 in Ottumwa to William Joseph and Cleora Susan Chapman Thorne. Ronald married Gloria Forbes on June 15, 1964 and they divorced. He married Linda Sanders Corbett April 12, 2002 and she preceded him in death on October 14, 2019.

A graduate of Agency High School, Ronald had worked at several places over the years including Pedrick & Thorne Ace Hardware and Hertz Rental Car, retiring in 2020.

He had been a member of First Church of the Open Bible where he was active in music and the choir and also attended First Pentecostal Assembly of God.

Ronald enjoyed racing midget cars but horses and the cowboy life was his passion.

Surviving are his children, Randy Leedom of Bloomfield and Teresa Thorne of Ottumwa; 2 grandchildren, Nick Leedom and Gabby Thorne; 3 great-grandchildren, Leeyah, Gavin and Owen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Milton Thomas Thorne; and a brother, William J. “Billy Joe” Thorne Jr.

His body has been cremated.

Graveside services and inurnment will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 17th, at Shaul Cemetery with Pastor Bill Hornback officiating.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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