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Clifford L. Thorburn

Clifford L. Thorburn Clifford L. Thorburn, 82, Manhattan, KS, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in the comfort of his daughter’s home.

He was born December 22, 1934 in Nevada, Missouri, the son of John S. Thorburn and Vegie E. Bostian Thorburn. He was reared at El Dorado, KS, attended local El Dorado schools through the first year of high school. Then the family relocated to Manhattan, KS, where he graduated from Manhattan High School.

Clifford enjoyed playing the coronet in the high school band and marching band. In his youth, his first jobs comprised of working as a delivery boy for Grave’s Drug Store in El Dorado, KS, and as a caddie at the American Legion Golf Course; he also worked for the Butler County Survey Department.

Mr. Thorburn was married to Shirley D. Ady of Manhattan, KS, on January 20, 1959 and later divorced.

Survivors include one son, Clifford D. Thorburn and one daughter, Nancy D. Thorburn Worrel, both of Manhattan, KS; one brother, Donald R. Thorburn; six grandchildren: Deidre Thorburn Romine, Amanda Thorburn Broccolo, Nichole Worrel Dunn, Jessica Thorburn Corbett, Heather Worrel, Jordan Worrel; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one unborn sister, and one grandson Patrick Thane Worrel Jr.

Mr. Thorburn actively served as a Veteran in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, spending two tours in Vietnam. After this, he continued his military career in the Naval Reserves. Mr. Thorburn retired after serving 30 years and 4 months. Once returning home in 1969, he then went on to work and retire as a Civil Service Plumber and Electrician at Irwin Hospital, located at Fort Riley.

Mr. Thorburn was a strong man of faith and Servant to God. He faithfully contributed to over 12 Ministries and other Christian organizations. He greatly enjoyed gardening and canning; his favorites include tomatoes, okra, and cantaloupe.

Clifford had a great appreciation of Art and was an avid Collector. After obtaining his VFR license, he enjoyed flying planes. With an interest in World Travel, his journeys encompassed places such as Australia, South East Asia, Japan and Israel. His fondest experience was his visit to the Holy Lands. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and N.R.A.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday February 23, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral Services for Mr. Thorburn will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday February 24, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.

Graveside Services with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 25, 2017 at the Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El Dorado, Kansas.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Thorburn are suggested to the Lustgarten Foundation ( Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family though the funeral home website at

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