John H. Thornton, 66, of Yankton passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at his residence under hospice care.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. Patricia Whitehorse officiating.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to service time on Friday.

Arrangements are under the direction of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory in Yankton. Online condolences may be made at:

John was born August 11, 1952 in Yankton, SD to Walter and Lena (Cook) Thornton, Sr. John was raised in Yankton and had a large family. He worked in construction and roofing before health issues prevented him from working. John attended school in Yankton, Marty and Job Corp. He was a longtime softball player.

John is survived by his partner of 39 years, Sharon Smith of Yankton, SD; three daughters: Delena Thornton, Denita Thornton, both of Colorado and Andrea Reed of Sioux Falls, SD; son, James Robert “Jim Bob” Thornton of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters, Rose Blakey of Yankton, SD and Marilyn (Tom) Wright of Norfolk, NE; brother, Marvin Thornton of Sioux Falls, SD; four step-daughters, Brenda, Kim, Jackie and Tracy and 29 nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter Thornton, Jr. William Thornton, Joseph Thorton and Robert Thornton; sisters: Charlene Stuhlmacher, Deloris Borema, Eleanor Snoozy, Margaret Thornton and Carol Thornton and ten nephews and nieces.

Yankton Press & Dakotan

June 19, 2019