Rev. Thomas ‘Tom’ Thorne, 74, Neosho, entered into rest on Sept. 9, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, following a short illness.

Rev. Thomas ‘Tom’ Thorne, 74, Neosho, entered into rest on Sept. 9, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, following a short illness.  
Tom was born July 2, 1943 in Joplin, the son of Dr. Thomas V. and Mary Margaret (Johnson) Thorne. He spent his life serving others through the church, public education, sports and community service. He has taught in Chanute, Lawrence, and Eureka, Kan., before returning to Neosho in 1981. He then taught in the East Newton School system, owned and operated the Coaches Locker Sporting Goods Store in Neosho; worked for the Newton County Juvenile Department and coached in area schools, including Carthage and most recently, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.  He was ordained as Pastor of the First Congregational Church in 1985, where he currently served.  He was a recipient of the Neosho Exchange Club Golden Deeds award and he was an accomplished Master Decathalete, competing both nationally and internationally.  He continued the Thorne tradition of sharing the Christmas season by hosting Santa at his home on Oak Ridge Drive.  
Tom and Patricia ‘Patty’ Baird were married on Aug. 19, 1967 in Heavener, Okla., and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  
In addition to his wife, Patty, Tom is survived by three children, Timothy Thorne and wife, Heather, Neosho; Kerri Bowser and husband, Tod, Pierce City and Jason Thorne and Kristy, Neosho; grandchildren, Logan, Blake, Rachel, Colton, Brett, Tucker, Madison, Jaya, Bryar and Collins; one great grandchild, Bethel Grace; one brother, Terry Joe Thorne and wife, Dana of Pawhawski, Okla., and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, all of whom he included as his own.
 In addition to his parents, he was  preceded in death by four brothers, Tim, Jim, Jerry ‘Bear’ and John.  
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho.  
Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the Tom Thorne Memorial Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO  64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.