Clarence was born on Oct. 18, 1921 to Clarence and Maude (Pryor) Thornton Sr.
Clarence was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. Clarence was awarded five bronze campaign stars for participating in five major theaters and the Good Conduct medal. As the war ended, Clarence joined in liberating two concentration camps, Auschwitz and Dachau.
Following the war, Rev. Thornton worked at Western Casualty Insurance Company for 23 years.
In 1953, Clarence was ordained a life Elder in the Churches of God, General Conference. Rev. Thornton served in the Western Region, Midwest Region, and the Great Lakes Conferences and completed his service to Christ's Church as minister of visitation at the College First Church of God.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doloris Maxine (Saxer) Thornton, children, Joyce L. Thornton and Clarence Leon (Tonia) Thornton; son-in-law, Jerald Clark; grandchildren, Jonathon Bame, Andrea (Tim) Depinet and Clarence Clayton Thornton; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Brynn Depinet; brother, James (Mary) Thornton and special nephews and nieces.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Lorraine Campbell; daughter, Janice Thornton Clark; and granddaughter, Heather Clark Bame.
Friends may visit on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Hufford Family Funeral Home, 1500 Manor Hill Road, Findlay (419) 422-1500.
Funeral services will held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the College First Church of God.
Memorial contributions in Clarence's name may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice or to the College First Church of God . Online condolences may be sent to: www.huffordfh.com