Cloyce Duane Thornbrugh, 95, Ottawa: July 6, 1923 – Aug. 21, 2018 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Cloyce Duane Thornbrugh, 95, Ottawa: July 6, 1923 – Aug. 21, 2018

OTTAWA, Kan. – Cloyce Duane Thornbrugh, 95, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Olathe Hospice House. He was born on July 6, 1923, in Quenemo, Kan., the son of John and Nina Creviston Thornbrugh.

Cloyce grew up near Quenemo, and lived in Quenemo and Waverly before moving to Ottawa, Kan.

Cloyce attended West Tequa School for first to eighth grades, and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1942. He then attended Oklahoma City Electrical School and then worked in refrigeration sales and engineering. He served with the 65th Armored Infantry Regiment in Central Europe during World War II. After his discharge he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad until 1948, when he joined Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Topeka, Kan. He worked for 37 years at Goodyear until his retirement in 1985. He then opened Cork’s Tire Shop, in Quenemo, and operated it until 1993. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers Local No. 307.

Cloyce was married to June Heilman on Dec. 11, 1945, in Ottawa. To this union two daughters were born.

Cloyce was preceded in death by his wife, June, on Sept. 25, 2013; a great-grandson, Roudie Cowdin; a great-granddaughter, Ruby-Ann Rose Milliken; and his four siblings, Clara Kershner, Floyd Thornbrugh, Lois Clark and Orville Thornbrugh.

Cloyce is survived by his two daughters, Sandra (Larry) Milliken, of Williamsburg, Kan., and Ginger (Mike) Cowdin, Quenemo; three grandsons, Steve (Karen) Milliken, Keith (Jenny) Milliken and Scott (Jessica) Cowdin; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan (Shane) Duling, Aly Milliken and Riley Milliken.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Burial with military honors will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery, east of Melvern.

Memorial contributions may be made to Williamsburg Meals on Wheels or OHCF (Olathe Health Charitable Foundation, for hospice), sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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